Being surrounded by water both in Rhode Island and Sarasota marine life is always evident. Going to the beaches of Sarasota one can see little fish swimming around your feet as you go in the water. Dolphins are intelligent creatures that actually interact with humans so when they are being endangered at human’s expense it is causes a reason to look into it. The creators of “The Cove” documented the brutal slaughtering of dolphins in Japan. The Japanese believe that they are eliminating so many dolphins due to “pest control” and to allow more fish, which they are pulling out of the waters rapidly, to restore their economy and distribute fish to the world. Of course the killings are the most shocking and disheartening part of the documentary, but what is most appalling is the Japanese fish facility’s manipulation of other countries.
In the documentary, there is a public forum being held with many nations across the globe. The Japanese have targeted smaller countries such as Dominica and Barbados, just to name a few, and have paid them for their support to vote for the “pest control.” When asked about the type of pest control, dolphin species, or other information the countries representatives are misinformed or just uninformed. The Japanese are portrayed to be the “villain” in this documentary and are seen bullying smaller countries by slowly buying them out. Does this effect my entire view on the Japanese culture as a whole? No. What the documentary now poses is how much we the public are being informed about and what goes on behind closed doors all over the world which is the scariest of truths.