This documentary on the dolphin slaughter in Taijii, Japan is an informative and eye opening story that is all together thrilling and exciting as the attempts to get footage of the slaughter in the cove unfolds.
What started as an ocean degradation documentary by Louie Psihoyos and members of the Ocean Preservation Society (OPS) quickly turns into a more focused affair after the film meets Rick O’Barry. O’Barry is an anti-captivity activist who started his career as one of the trainers on Flipper and helped create the mess he so wants to stop now by creating the desire and passions of the public to see these beautiful sea creatures up close. Swim with the dolphin’s facilities, Sea World, and countless other attractions have since sprouted around the world and regulate these animals to live in captivity and O’Barry will do anything to right his self perceived wrongs. His focus has shifted from freeing animals around the world though and his eye has been set on this one cove in the small town of Taijii. In Taijii they round up dolphins into this cove, a bunch of trainers come in and pick out the ones they wan to send off around the world into captivity and the rest are brutally slaughtered and their meat sold into the markets in around Japan. The secrecy around this highly defended cove is alarming in that they won’t allow anyone to see how they kill these dolphins and if they did that people would want to put a stop to it since it is so inhumane. [Read more...]