Activist's film sheds light on dolphins' fate in Japan

In Ric O'Barry's mind, the image of a blood-soaked Japanese lagoon never leaves.

For the past six years, that cove and the dolphin-killing that goes on there has kept O'Barry -- the South Miami man who trained Flipper but now frees captive dolphins -- up at night.

His obsession has led to a documentary, "The Cove," in which a team of filmmakers trailed the 69-year-old activist to the Japanese town of Taiji, where he witnessed dolphins being rounded up by local fisherman -- with most being slaughtered for their meat. The film won the Audience Award for documentaries at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed by Lions Gate/Roadside this summer.

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