The Cove is a 2009 documentary that highlights the gruesome dolphin hunting practices of Japan. The film, which won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Academy Award and won the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in January 2009, was aimed at calling to stop the mass dolphin killing in. The Cove also aims to educate people about the risks of eating dolphin meat, including the hazard of mercury poisoning.
The Cove is narrated through an ocean conservationist’s point of view, highlighting the number of dolphins killed in the Taiji dolphin drive hunting as much higher as the number of whales being killed in the Antarctic. According to the film, more than 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed each year in Japan. Fishermen use spears and knives to kill the gentle creatures, arguing that the method used to kill dolphins and porpoises are extremely cruel, excessive and unnecessary.
Because dolphin hunting is a tradition in Japan, the Cove has generated quite a stir in the international movie scene, particularly for showing the Japanese people in a bad light. The Cove was filmed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos in secret, using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks.