Hey, Happy Marine Mammal Rescue Day! Since we are big Ric O’Barry fans, April 27 is an important day.
If animal rescue is your thing, or if you are in the mood for a heart-stopping and heartbreaking documentary, then “The Cove” (2009) is a must-see. Winning the 2010 Best Documentary Oscar, director Louie Psihoyos’ film follows Ric O’Barry – the former “Flipper” trainer – as he travels to Taijii, Japan to chronicle and hopefully stop a brutal, seasonal dolphin slaughter.
Psihoyos’ film feels like an espionage movie, as O’Barry and company try a million different ways to expose these needless dolphin killings. The efforts in Taijii are also tied to world-wide dolphin shows, so you might be hard-pressed to ever attend another animal act.
“The Cove” is available on Amazon Prime and Netflix DVD, and it gets our highest recommendation. If you want to support Ric (morally or financially), here’s more information on his Facebook page: Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
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Image credits: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
Trailer credits: TakePart (YouTube)