The Cove

About the Cove

The Cove is a 2009 documentary that exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year. Dolphin meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The remaining dolphins are sold to dolphinarius and marine parks around the world into a lifetime of captivity. 

Now, 7 years since The Cove premiered, the spirit of activism that Ric O'Barry started and the battle for justice continue. The focus of the Social Action Campaign around this issue is to create worldwide awareness of the annual dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter once and for all.

'The Cove' Trailer

The original The Cove trailer

Take Action


Over 5 years since The Cove film debut, dolphins are still being slaughtered in the Taiji, Japan cove. With dolphin drive-hunt season at its peak right now, we need your help in the fight for dolphins more than ever.

Thank you for helping Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project get 1 million petition signatures! That’s 1 million people strong demanding an end to the violence in Taiji. On April 17th, the petition was delivered by Ric O'Barry to The White House, and a special outdoor event in honor of the 1 million people who signed the petition took place.

The Cove: The Dolphin Project PSA

We are their greatest threat, and their only hope.