Ric O’Barry was the dolphin trainer for Flipper back in the 1960’s. Ever since he witnessed a tragedy however, O’Barry has been passionately fighting the industry that mercilessly exploits this intelligent and sociable species, through dolphinariums, dolphin shows, dolphin dives and therapies – a globally active multi-million dollar industry. O’Barry advocates against the enslavement of dolphins and releases hidden political and economic secrets of the trade to the public. What he discovers in the coastal region Taiji, Japan, is unimaginable. In a secluded cove, hidden from view behind private security and barbed wire, lies a dark secret.
The film shows how O’Barry teams up with director Louie Psihoyos and an elite force of specialist divers, surfers, underwater cameramen, and special effects creators in order to expose the cove. Using state-of-the-art undercover filming techniques, (cameras hidden in fake rocks etc), the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.