Mammals

'Game of Thrones' star wants everyone to stop going to dolphin shows

In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams stands in front of a fence with notice boards beside the beach known for dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams stands in front of a fence with notice boards beside the beach known for dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.  (The Associated Press)

"Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it's the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in Japan.

Williams spoke Friday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in "The Cove," a 2009 Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series.

Williams is the latest celebrity trying to save dolphins. Others include Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah.

She hopes her influence on social media, with 4 million Instagram followers, will help educate people about Taiji, including Japanese.

Williams, global ambassador for O'Barry's Dolphin Project campaign, says only a handful of Taiji fishermen are benefiting from the practice.