Something sinister has been happening to the dolphins that grace the waters off the Japanese township of Taiji. The quest for the horrible truth is the subject of this gripping documentary which was one of the popular favourites at last week's Sydney Film Festival.
A more detailed review of this brilliant documentary to come. In the meantime here is the trailer, followed by my Twitter review:
#sff "The Cove" Something sinister is happening to dolphins at Taiji. See this powerful, heartbreaking doco. Be angry. Be very angry. 9/10
The International Year of the Dolphin begins on a poignant note. Last month, the Yangtze Freshwater Dolphin - the baiji (Lipotes vexillifer) - was declared to be almost certainly extinct.
A victim of the long-term poisoning of the Yangtze River.
The baiji is the first species of cetacean to have become extinct in modern times, and it's the first large mammal to disappear as the direct result of man's pillage of the Earth's natural resources.