On Friday, All of the grade 6 classes went to the Leo Lee Arts Center to watch a documentary called Sharkwater. It was a documentary that was similar to The Cove. The two films talked about extinction of sea mammals and how people are taking actions. But, Sharkwater talked about shark fining while The Cove talked about dolphin slaughtering. Rob Stewart was the main character in Sharkwater; He had a passion about sharks since he was small. When he grew up, he went with the Sea Shepherd crew to stop shark fining. They went to Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands to stop the fining. They choose that area because it is where the last shark sanctuaries are based. A few people were arrested after all the action. The Cove only had one major action while Sharkwater had different actions. The Cove was different in another way because it didn’t provoke a lot of people in the Taji to take action while Sharkwater provoked Costa Ricans to take action on the illegal fining. They were very similar because they educated a lot of people while taking action.
Post your opinion on the similarities and differences of the two movies.
Grade 6 classes went to the LLAC to watch the documentary, The Cove. The documentary talked about fishermen in Tanji, Japan secretly slaughtering dolphins in a sealed off cove. Former Dolphin Trainer, Ric’O Barry and some activists traveled to Japan to try to get some evidence of this slaughtering. They had plans to put cameras in the trees overlooking the cove, underwater cameras in the cove and other recording equipment. They worked at night to prevent any suspicion from the police and fishermen. The police have been following these activists very closely, following them to every place they went. They successfully recorded the cruel footage of dolphins being slaughtered. They showed it to a lot of people including people from the Japan Fisheries Agency, the people in the International Whaling Commission. In spite of this effort, the dolphin slaughtering still hasn’t stopped!
I felt sad that dolphins are being killed cruelly in Japan, I though that they were a sea mammal that everyone adores and loves. I think the dolphins should be wild and free but If if they are in captivity, they should be treated fairly and humanely. They shouldn’t slaughter them because I don’t think I lot of people eat dolphins because the tradition is basically not followed by a lot of people anymore. I also think the Japanese Government’s behavior was unacceptable, I’m sure they know that the cute dolphins are getting killed but are not telling anyone. They should ask for the community’s opinion and make some policy instead of just doing everything they want. I think as students we should educate the community about it to prevent furthur incidents.
Go to 1:58 to see what the Japanese are doing with dolphins.