Exposing “The Cove”

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Jason and I are huge fans of scuba diving. We don’t get a chance to do it very often, especially because I don’t like diving here because the water is so cold, but we do own all of our own equipment and love being in the ocean.

Before kids, whenever we went on vacation, it was to places warm and tropical: Bahamas, Belize, Fiji, St. Lucia. All places that had what are considered amazing diving locations. It is truly incredible to feel like you are completely weightless, to see the vivid colors that are found on the reefs and fish, and one of my favorite things….to hear dolphins.

I haven’t been lucky enough to get a chance to dive with dolphins yet, but we’ve definitely heard them. And every time I hear them, my heart pounds and I say a small prayer to God to please let us see them…even if just for a minute. The sound of dolphins “talking” to one another is beautiful, relaxing, and distinct. When you hear it, you know exactly what it is. It’s a sound that I will never forget.

Needless to say, we both love the ocean and diving.

The Cove

I’ve been wanting to see The Cove since it won an Academy Award this year for best documentary. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, here’s a synopsis from The Cove website :

The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening.

The focus of the Social Action Campaign for The Cove is to create worldwide awareness of this annual practice as well as the dangers of eating seafood contaminated with mercury and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter.

And it’s been working. The film has been making waves since it premiered last year. Critical praise and audience awards worldwide have focused international attention on Taiji and the annual dolphin drives off the coast of Japan. Under intense pressure, Taiji called for a temporary ban on killing bottlenose dolphins.

The film, which was originally rejected, was shown at the Tokyo Film Festival due to public outcry. Residents in Taiji are being tested for mercury poisoning, and for the first time Japanese media are covering the issue.

I finally watched The Cove last night. It was excellent, and definitely deserved winning the Academy Award. Was it shocking and disturbing? Yes. Was it difficult to watch? Absolutely. I cried throughout a lot of it. I don’t recommend The Cove for kids, but I feel very strongly that every single person should see the atrocities being carried out in Taiji.

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The Cove in Taiji. Yes, that is blood.

The slaughtering of one of the ocean’s greatest and most intelligent mammals is just appalling; and that’s not even mentioning how the actual slaughter is carried out.

The theme throughout The Cove and on the website is to get involved. That doesn’t necessarily mean “send money” – there are other ways to get involved, including spreading the word, which I have chosen to do.

So there it is…now you know. I won’t ask you to do anything except to think about going to the website to watch the trailer.

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

For more information about this movie, how you can help, and updated information about the status of the dolphin killings in Taiji, visit The Cove website. You can also like The Cove on Facebook and The Cove on Twitter.

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