Swimming with dolphins

May 24, 2009 by
Filed under: Arts 

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Those of us who grew up watching Flipper understand the transformation that the dolphin – human relationship has had over these few years.  The second most intelligent creature on Earth (some actually say the most) became an object of admiration and most water zoo-parks around the world have some  kind of cetacean show.  I never knew or bother to ask where do all these dolphins come from?  This weekend I saw The Cove, the audience award-winning film from Sundance 2009.  A documentary that answers that question with a magnificent movie experience.

Like some of the critics say:  “This movie is like Flipper meets The Bourne Identity.”  The movie has technology, espionage, real characters, good and bad guys, and a greatly executed plot all behind a truth-telling documentary with an eco-friendly topic.  Louis Psihoyos and his crew follow Rick O’Barry, the former Flipper trainer to Taiji, Japan, a town that houses the Whale Museum and presents itself as a dolphin loving town to the rest of Japan and the world.

O’Barry found its dirty little secret (literally dirty and not so little) and has dedicated his life to stop  it by making the world know what’s going on in Taiji hidden from most of the the world including the Japanese population.   O’Barry recognizes his influence in the change of the way we see dolphins and he understands better than most what captivity does to these animals.  Unlike most of us “inactivists” he has a motivation, the passion, and the knowledge to do something about it.  Check out the trailer, go watch the movie, and join his quest.   And then think twice before you go to a dolphin show again.

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Fisher Stevens, Louie Psihoyos, Richard O’Barry, Alec Baldwin in Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder,
Lying there under, under the sea!
Everyone loves the king of the sea,
Ever so kind and gentle is he,
Tricks he will do when children appear,
And how they laugh when he’s near!
They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning,
No-one you see, is smarter than he,
And we know Flipper lives in a world full of wonder,
Lying there under, under the sea!”

Sure, there maybe other critical things to fix with a higher priority, but this one is actually very easy to support. Watch the movie, and do not go to any other cetacean show. Pretty simple right? By the way, do not make reservations for a sushi dinner after the movie. Watch it and you’ll understand.

Enjoy.

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