The Cove – The Dolphins are Dying

30 07 2009

Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos discusses his new documentary The Cove, a shocking and moving account of dolphin abuse off the coast of Taijii, Japan.

Psihoyos and his team painstakingly documented a thriving operation that captures dolphins, the healthiest and handsomest of which are sold to aquariums worldwide. The rest are slaughtered, often ending up as food for human consumption, despite high mercury levels.

Ric O’Barry — a former dolphin trainer responsible for teaching the dolphins of TV’s Flipper their tricks — also joins the conversation. He’s devoted years to rescuing the intelligent mammals he once helped capture.

For the film, Psihoyos recruited an Ocean’s Eleven-style team: divers, special-effects artists and sound specialists. They used state-of-the-art equipment to infiltrate the remote cove and film the dolphin slaughter.

An experienced dive photographer, Psihoyos spent nearly two decades on the staff of National Geographic magazine. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

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Published July 30, 2009 12:00 PM






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30 07 2009
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