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The Cove

THE COVE follows a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Richard O’Barry, as they infiltrate a hidden cove near Taiji, Japan to expose a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos
Year: 2009
Time: 92min

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Support the Oceanic Preservation Society as these dedicated artists, filmmakers and activists strive to raise awareness and protect the oceans. Consider donating to their cause. 

Make some noise! Communicate with your government agencies, as well as media people, law enforcement officials, and civic organizations and sign petitions against dolphin hunting.

Pledge not to buy a ticket to the dolphin show or a swim-with-dolphins program. Consumers have the power to make or break this industry.

Learn more about dolphins: become educated about these amazing, intelligent animals so that you can speak on their behalf. A good place to start is Dolphins-World

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Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS)

Louie Psihoyos, director of THE COVE, continues to keep one lens focused on our oceans. Follow his efforts at  the Oceanic Preservation Society where he shares the latest news and his response to Sea World.

Also, stay informed about Psihoyas’ latest project called 6, which will change the way we understand issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

Frontline asked Ric O’Barry, “What’s Wrong With Captivity?”

“The capture, bringing them into a concrete chlorinated box, reducing them to circus clowns and then selling this as educational to the public. I think it’s extremely dangerous.”

Read the full interview on PBS Frontline.

From The National Geographic:

“Free Ride: A Case Against Dolphin and Whale Shows”

THE COVE Extended Clip, from Taiji, Japan

Check out this extra film footage taken in the Taiji cove, with further insights from filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and ex-dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry.

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project Blog

Former TV star Ric O’Barry of the 1960’s show, Flipper helped built up the dolphin captivity industry, and for the past 35 years he’s been trying to tear it down.

Visit his Dolphin Project blog and follow his amazing work in Japan and elsewhere.


A set of films that see hushed systemic injustices unveiled.


Dolphins travel up to 40 miles per day and spend 80% of their time deep below the surface exploring the ocean’s depths. They need continuous movement.

Find out more on Dolphins-World.


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An Earth Island Project

For more than 30 years, the International Marine Mammal Project has worked to make the oceans safe for whales, dolphins, and other marine life through habitat preservation, promotion of sustainable fishing, and halting commercial whaling, dolphin slaughter and captivity worldwide.

For an abundance of resources and projects, visit IMMP’s website.


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