Ric O'Barry, the activist famous for his role in the Oscar-winning documentary, "The Cove," was "attacked by thugs" in Hurghada, Egypt, according a Facebook post by Earth Island Institute's "Save Japan Dolphins" campaign.
The alleged assailants opened O'Barry's car door and tried shoving a pit bull inside, said the report. Barry was not harmed. Earth Island had not responded to a request for details at the time of this post.
O'Barry, 70, who also starred in "Blood Dolphins" for the Animal Planet, is in Hurghada to protest the recent delivery of live dolphins from Taiji, Japan. The dolphins are going to help populate a new marine aquarium.
The Facebook report implied the assailants were hired by a Hurghada dolphin dealer.
Several conservation groups are protesting the ongoing dolphin hunt in Taiji, which is the site of the infamous Cove. The hunt, which is backed by the Japan Fisheries Agency, began Sept. 1.
-- Pete Thomas