Each September in Japan, fishermen emerge from their dwelling with a secret mission. Their goal is to capture and sell exorbitant numbers of female dolphins. They will be used by resorts for tourist attractions like "swimming with dolphins." Others will be placed on display in tiny aquariums, and viewing tanks. Any creatures deemed unsalable are crudely slaughtered. Photos and video are strictly prohibited in this area.
Enter the filmmakers from the documentary, "The Cove." Using high-tech Navy Seal type tactics, conservationalist Ric O'Barry and his team were able to set up remote cameras to gather evidence. They eluded militant authorities in order to complete their mission. Success however, was nothing to celebrate as the footage is sobering. It's an arresting sprawl of convulsing creatures fighting for their final breath. In a wicked sea of murderous red, the air hangs heavy with the smell of death. Audio recordings play to reveal the dolphins shrill chorus of terror as they anticipate their demise.
Why am I sharing this?
As Emily Dickinson wrote in her poem:
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching;
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
These filmmakers risked their lives to capture the footage, and create this documentary. They strongly believe that increased public awareness will help to cease the killing. I was profoundly affected by this film, both as a photographer, and citizen of the planet. In the video below Ric talks about how you can help save these Dolphins.
I have also gone ahead and filled out the petition below.
"The Cove" is available on Netflix, as well as from Amazon.