The Cove

Warning, there are some disturbing images.

When I was 14 years old, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Being able to swim with dolphins, I thought would be the coolest job. I have always loved dolphins and when I took a family vacation to Atlantis when I was 15 years old, I finally got to swim with them. It was one of the best times I’ve ever had. Since then I clearly went a different route with my career but my love for dolphins has always remained. I would go to the Shed Aquarium and watch the Dolphin show and I always thought one day I would go back to Sea World, I haven’t been there since I was 8.

That all has changed now. Recently Hayden Panettiere, the spokesperson for Save the Whales Again!, was featured on the cover of Self Magazine and it talked about her involvement with the Whaleman Foundation, free diving with whales, and her role in The Cove. I had never heard about the movie The Cove, which came out in 2009, and I am so upset I didn’t know about it sooner.

The Cove “is a 2009 American documentary film that describes the annual killing of dolphins in a National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan from an anti-dolphin hunting campaigner’s point of view. The film highlights that the number of dolphins killed is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic, and claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year. The migrating dolphins are herded into a hidden cove where they are netted and killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats.”  After watching The Cove for the first time last night and I ended the movie in tears.

If you haven’t got the chance to watch it yet, I highly recommend that you do, it will give you a different outlook on what’s really going on with dolphins in Japan. The Cove recently won Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

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I have also added a Social Vibe button on the left side of my blog, if you click it and answer a couple of questions (6 to be exact) Dove will donate money to the Whaleman Foundation. It is a very easy way to help out a great cause.

Images from Whaleman Foundation and AFP/ Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.