I really didn’t know what to expect from this documentary. I’ve heard about it briefly in the past, but had never really been interested enough to seek it out. It’s a very cut-and-dry look, although one-sided, at the Japanese dolphin industry. It presents all of the information in a way that is horrific and incredibly to the point. There is no doubt that what Japan is doing is wrong. The video footage alone that the researchers get by the end of the film is damning. The water dyed red with the blood of hundreds of dolphins is graphic and horrifying. The worst thing about this documentary is that many in this world don’t even know anything about it. It’s even worse to see how Japan reacts to the filmmakers during the shooting of the video. They tail them in cars, and try to arrest them on bogus material in order to keep them from finding the truth. Dolphin killing and capturing are a lucrative industry and Japan intends to keep it. Even though 23,000 dolphins a year are falling victim to this terrible crime.
Ric O’Barry risks his own self to show the world what happens in a small cove in Taijii, Japan. He recruits a small group of free divers, filmmakers, and activists and they use state-of-the-art equipment to show the senseless murders of thousands. When the dolphins begin to migrate through the area, the fishermen come out and surround them with their boats. They then knock on long poles with hammers to drive the dolphins where they want them to go. They are effectively making a wall of sound to move them into a bay where they can entrap them. After they are captured, dolphin trainers come by the pick out the porpoises for use in dolphinariums around the world. All of the dolphins left over and dragged into this secluded cove and are viciously murdered. Ric O’Barry infiltrates this cove and documents the atrocities that happen to these creatures. It’s incredibly moving and a shocking revelation of animal abuse. It also shows us just how detrimental it is to human health. These dolphins just don’t go away, they are recycled back into the food industry as mis-labeled fish product. Thus upping the amount of mercury poisoning in the area. This documentary is hopefully helping to save thousands of dolphins lives and human lives as well.