In the 1960's, Richard O'Barry was the world's leading authority on dolphin training, working on the popular TV show 'Flipper'. Following ten years in the industry, O'Barry realised his mistakes and has been campaigning to return dolphins held in captivity to the wild ever since.
The Cove movie poster
The Cove tells the story of how the Director Louie Psihoyos (and co-founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society), O'Barry and an elite team of activists, filmakers and freedivers, embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan and shine the light on a dark secret, that 23,000 dolphins are being barbarically slaughtered in the village of Taiji every year.
The Cove covert filming equipment display at ArcLight Hollywood
The following photographs show a selection of covert camera equipment used in the filming of The Cove documentary on display at ArcLight Hollywood on July 30 and August 4, 2009.
The equipment includes a baseball hat with hidden camera and an Industrial light and magic/Kerner Optical 'fake' rock that housed one of the covert cameras.
Clandestine filming and recording equipment were placed in trees, on the cliffs and underwater, both to film the secretive slaughter of these dolphins, but also to hear the chilling final sounds of these creatures as they faced death.
The film is compelling viewing and makes you reconsider everything you know about dolphins held in captivity for our amusement.
Visit the official website to watch the trailer for The Cove and to see how you can get involved to help prevent the senseless slaughter of these dolphins.