I am guilty of going to ocean parks. I won’t lie that I haven’t seen a dolphin or any marine mammal show. As a Biology student, I am embarrassed that it took me a long time to realize that I was fooled by the message that these shows impart to us.
Last Friday, I went to a film viewing and open forum with Ric O’Barry about the advocacy campaign in saving the dolphins. This issue isn’t new to me, but watching The Cove opened my eyes to what is really happening behind the great courage in founding this campaign. Here’s the synopsis of the movie taken from their website (http://thecovemovie.com):
"Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.”
Lucky that I found a full-length vid on youtube so I can share it too! (feeling tumblr famous haha) I was so moved upon watching the movie. I hope blogging this can also encourage more people especially young adults like me who goes 24/7 on their laptops. You don’t need to give money to show your support! Take the pledge by not buying tickets to aquariums or parks that have marine mammals in captivity.
"Dolphins do not belong in captivity. They need the boundless sea and their family to thrive."