Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
O’Barry joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society to get to the truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world.
They will recruit an “Ocean’s Eleven”-style team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and world-class free divers who will carry out an undercover operation to photograph the off-limits cove.
The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope.
While certain images in The Cove are hard to view (dolphin slaughter is not for the faint-hearted), the movie is more about the mission to capture footage of the slaughter than about the slaughter itself.
If the filmmakers can shoot quality images of what happens in Taiji, they can use the footage as evidence of what occurs there, and hopefully convince the international community to put a stop to the slaughter.
The Cove is about the brutal trapping, capture and slaughter of dolphins, but it’s also about politics and the ghastly effect our industrialized world has had on the ocean’s creatures, it teaches us about mercury poisoning, over-fishing, whaling laws and the world of animals-as-entertainment.