The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) had to find a way to film on the other side of the barricades where the slaughter was taking place.

OPS invested some big bucks and covertly planted cameras on the beaches, in the air, underwater and in the hills to capture every horrific detail of one of the cruelest and most monstrous massacres of wildlife on the planet.

The result is "The Cove," one of the most extraordinary wildlife crime films ever produced. This film documents and exposes the Taiji dolphin slaughter dramatically, effectively, covertly, and magnificently.

Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson was interviewed for this film in June 2008 in Santiago, Chile during the meeting of the International Whaling Commission and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is very proud to be associated with this powerful indictment of the Japanese dolphin slaughter.

The film has now been acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for distribution in the United States. The U.K.-based the Works Intl., in conjunction with James Atherton's Quickfire Films Fund, has acquired all other territories. In addition, Participant Media has signed on to perform outreach for "The Cove," working with nonprofits and community groups.

The film is an Oceanic Preservation Society presentation of a Jim Clark production, in association with Diamond Docs and SkyFish Films. The film is produced by Paula DuPre Pesmen and Fisher Stevens and executive produced by Jim Clark.

Link to Review in Variety Magazine



Allison Lance and Alex Cornelissen dove into the bay and swam out to free 15 dolphins penned in to be slaughtered the next morning
Archive footage, Taiji, Japan 2003

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