A former dolphin trainer and now an animal rights activist, Richard O’Barry leads in a dangerous and gripping documentary directed by Louis Psihoyos, The Cove. With the help of concealed cameras along with high-tech surveillance equipment, Psihoyos and O’Barry together with a group of environmentalists sneak into a private cove in Japan to secretly document the massacre of thousands upon thousands of dolphins annually.
In a tiny, remote cove in Taiji, Japan, where Richard has turned into an occasional resident with a status of persona non grata, tons of dolphins are being captured and killed yearly. Since 2003, Richard have been anxiously attempting to uncover the barbaric killing of the world’s most intelligent creatures. Taiji is the largest supplier of alive and dead dolphins, slaughtering of 23,000 of them a year. This fishing village select captured dolphins and sold to dolphin shows around the globe, non-selected dolphin end up being killed and sold their meat.
The Cove is an excellent documentary that combine journalism and tactical espionage. The director create an emotional story, that allow the us to connect to the film, even if he/she has never interacted with dolphins before. Warning: Its very disturbing to witness the bleeding dolphins battle for their last breath, to really listen to their extreme pain but necessary to expose the truth! After watching this documentary, you will never be able to look at dolphins in the same way again.
[ Video Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes ] Image credit to Theinductive.com