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The Cove (2009)

The Cove (2009)

The Cove is a powerful and thought-provoking documentary film released in 2009. Directed by Louie Psihoyos, the movie unravels the horrifying secret behind dolphin hunting in the small coastal town of Taiji, Japan. It features a dedicated team of activists, including renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, who risks everything to expose the shocking practices and raise awareness about the issue.

Combining hidden cameras, undercover missions, and gripping narrative, The Cove takes viewers on a thrilling and emotional journey. It sheds light on the disturbing reality of the mass slaughter of dolphins, while also highlighting the detrimental effects of mercury poisoning caused by the consumption of dolphin meat.

The Cove received critical acclaim for its impactful storytelling and garnered numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in animal rights and environmental conservation.

Play and download sounds from this remarkable documentary here.

A consumer may think they're buying healthy meat
A dam breaks and floods
A dolphin in the right spot can make a million dollars a year.
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me
A lot of marine mammal scientists get their money
A media blackout,
A number of fishermen showed up.
A small group of scientists
A systematic, deliberate cover up,
About being in the water with an animal like this.
About the levels of mercury
About the slaughter of large whales,
About three years ago,
About what was going on in Japan.
Actually, come back to the hotel and we have real rocks.
After two days of negotiations,
All kinds of chemicals like mercury, cadmium, lead.
All night long, you know, and...
All of these dolphin trainers will be lined up
All these beautiful temples are there,
Allowing more and more tons of meat to be consumed.
Almost nobody eats dolphin meat,
Along with the police.
And a couple guys from the boat,
And as Joe and I tried to walk down this path,
And as soon as we arrived,
And at the last minute,
And Cathy would watch herself on television,
And come back on her own power.
And conferences and glad handing each other,
And didn't take another one.
And eroding and diminishing our marine ecosystems
And every other neighbor wants a part of the goodies.
And every step of the ladder up,
And every time it came up for a breath,
And everybody goes away empty handed.
And explain to the world Japan's whaling policy.
And found that a lot of the packages
And get us out of the game.
And he goes, Wait,
And he got right in my face,
And he said, That's where all the dirty business happens.
And he's screaming at me with a camera.
And here's the guy that started it all.
And I almost hit this guy.
And I almost... man, I almost decked this guy
And I asked him, Do you know who's in that car over there?
And I can assure you that there is no product on the market
And I didn't tell him how
And I discovered that there was another peculiar reason
And I had been to Iki the year before.
And I lock eyes with that animal,
And I look down, and right there...
And I really, really hate this place.
And I spent the last 35 years trying to tear it down.
And I think we're learning some hard lessons
And I thought, let's get out of here.
And I thought, okay, all right.
And I wanted to scream at the same time.
And I'm not exaggerating.
And if that product is poison
And if they were killed other than this method,
And if you go to any one of these fish houses,
And it created all these captures.
And it involved a hunger strike.
And it just stayed there in front of me,
And it rolled right into my hand,
And it says Flipper goes over to the dock and picks up the gun
And it was noted.
And it was swimming straight for us and the shore,
And it's going to happen again.
And it's in that context I use the word suicide.
And it's not even acknowledged.
And Japan has decided that that's its loophole.
And just after that,
And knocked him off that rock.
And let it not be said that you didn't know about it.
And literally see the degradation of the oceans
And looked me right in the eye
And nerves of steel. He'll do anything.
And nobody wants to do anything without permission.
And now if there's a dolphin in trouble
And offer them financial support,
And on the surface of the next wave was a tiger shark.
And one of the first things we noticed
And other contaminants in the meat.
And perhaps we ought to be looking at what they can give to us.
And pointed with these red X's on the map.
And pushes it directly away from me and my buddy.
And put the... do that... to the spine,
And released some pilot whales and dolphins
And Ric O'Barry was supposed to be the keynote speaker,
And right in front of the house
And said, Don't go here, don't go here,
And see what's going on there.
And set them free.
And she committed suicide in my arms.
And she could tell the difference between herself and Suzy,
And so I wanted to get a better look into the lagoon,
And so it's a real problem
And so the way to stop it is keep exposing this to the world.
And so the way to stop it is to expose it.
And so they can end their life
And so they collect young females,
And some others which were nearing extinction.
And strangled her with her own belt.
And takes the... washes the road out and...
And that became sort of our template of where we had to go.
And that's happening.
And that's where Flipper was at the end of the dock.
And the coastline is majestic.
And the dolphins are released.
And the fishermen in Taiji
And the government knows this,
And the next hour they could be 25 miles away
And the obvious culprit is people,
And their babies are being slaughtered in front of them,
And then he's got to go out
And then it went down, and we never saw it again.
And then most of the animals are killed instantly.
And then out to sea we go,
And then swims down left to right.
And then, when they get here, to vote for Japan.
And there's Private Space.
And there's these three undercover cops talking to Ric.
And therefore, St. Kitts and Nevis support this proposal.
And these substances are causing real problems,
And they are determined to see that something be done about it.
And they can't sell it in Okinawa,
And they can't sell it in Taiji,
And they can't sell it wherever else they're selling it.
And they create a wall of sound which frightens the dolphins.
And they don't have any dolphins,
And they don't have any dolphins.
And they finally figured out
And they got really fired up.
And they just wait till the dolphins come by.
And they put a map on the table
And they took me off the list.
And they were all running for their lives,
And they were just trying to get me angry,
And they were protected
And they're flown to different parts of the world.
And they're used because dolphins get ulcers,
And think about fourth.
And this one poor dolphin, it...
And this somehow kind of misses the point
And we don't want to acknowledge that.
And we started to realize that they were hiding something.
And were immediately arrested for that.
And when you become conscious of this nonhuman intelligence,
And when you have those sorts of subsidies in place,
And with all the proper authorities.
And you could go back to the same dive spot year after year
And you could see the last couple of breaths it took,
And you knew that that next morning that would be the end of it.
And you're both experiencing a thing
And... took a breath...
Antigua and Barbuda supports this declaration in its entirety.
Anybody who wants to talk to me,
Anyone can watch the capture process go on from the road.
Anywhere in the world,
Are contaminated with high levels of mercury.
Are obtained by confessions during those 28 days
Are slaughtered and sold for their meat.
Are using specific made knife
Are world class freedivers.
Are you aware of the Mayor of Taiji's plan
As a scientist,
As I told you, I don't want to talk about if stories.
As lower of a profile as possible because...
As well as the cell phone numbers of our other two phones,
At a hotel in downtown Tokyo.
At getting together and holding meetings
At Industrial Light and Magic,
At midnight, I'm sleeping.
At midnight, I'm sleeping.
At the same level of a food chain.
At the time, about 33,000 whales a year were being killed.
Because dolphins don't have hands,
Because I really didn't know how we were going to do it.
Because if you didn't know what's going on over here,
Because it has nothing to do with fishing.
Because it was the Flipper TV series
Because of the dolphin meat.
Because people and dolphins feed
Because the international captivity trade is so lucrative,
Because the Japanese government's paying them to be interested.
Because there's a lot of stories throughout history
Because they can torture you legally.
Because they want to get to work and start out.
Because they're all stressed out.
Because we'd been up many days in a row
Becoming neon lit whorehouses for the Japanese.
Before your very eyes.
Beyond the level of survival.
But 23,000 are slaughtered every year,
But a dolphin's smile is nature's greatest deception.
But for some reason,
But he can't find anybody to help him.
But I didn't do anything about it.
But I hear it all the time.
But I just thought, you know,
But I thought, in America,
But I was as ignorant as I could be for as long as I could be.
But it is the only organization that does exist.
But it would be clanky, it would be noisy.
But it's not a disease. It's not caught.
But of course it made it very difficult to return.
But Ric pointed out
But still dolphin meat contains some valuable nutrients.
But the Japanese are trying to legitimize a practice
But there's nothing discreet about Westerners
But they can get more than $150,000 for a live show dolphin.
But they never ever seem to accomplish anything.
But they're also poisoning
But we didn't know how deep it was.
But when you live with them
But you have to understand
By any stretch of the imagination.