I heard an interview on CIUT, one of our local college radio stations here in Toronto, carrying a Democracy Now! interview with some members of The Cove filmmaking team, director Louie Psihoyos and activist Ric O’Barry. The Cove documentary won an Oscar in 2010, exposing mass dolphin killing and the filmmaker’s dolphin rescue efforts. The information they shared was very moving, such as: dolphins name their young, as the mother gives each one their own unique sound!
One of the men featured in The Cove is Ric O’Barry. Ric used to capture dolphins for use in TV shows (like Flipper) and amusement parks. He told how one of the dolphins used in the Flipper TV show committed suicide and died in his arms (dolphins have been known to stop breathing and kill themselves when in captivity, or when they are being hunted and are surrounded). After this perspective-changing experience, he stopped capturing dolphins and started saving them and working to release them back to the oceans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric_O%27Barry
The Cove documentary: http://www.thecovemovie.com
Democracy Now! site where you can watch/listen to/or read the interview (from which the audio I heard was taken from) http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2010/8/16/filmmakers_activists_try_to_save_dolphins
The annual dolphin slaughter happens each September…unless the world wakes up…