For years, humans have been astonished by the majesty of dolphins. Their graceful swimming, the way their bodies glisten in the sun, their intellgience, and also their playful behavior or a just a few attributes of dolphins that people are mesmerized by. "The Cove", a 2004 documentaty by Louis Psihoyos, will make all those who love dolphins stir up many emotions, be it sympathy or anger. Louis Psihoyos is a photographer for National Geographic and a licensed diver. Together with Ric o' Bary, Louis plans to capture footage of a cove in Taiwi, Japan where annual dolphins hunts occur. In these dolphin hunts, dolphins are lured close to the store by loud noises made by Japanese fishermen and then a select few of the dolphins are captured and sold to aquariums and sea parks around the world. The dolphins that are not captured are slaughtered and the meat from the dead dolphins are then sold to local markets and used for school lunches. The meat from the slaughtered dolphins contain high volumes of mercury and if consumed, can lead to mercury poisoning and deformed offspring. Louis and Ric's main goal is to bring awareness of the dolphin hunts to the public and to get it to stop as soon as possible. The documentary tugs at the heartstrings of animal lovers and also brings up a very important issue in mercury poisoning, two oberservations that make the documentary very
The makers of the documentary never state that the film is directed to one type of audience but rather the public in general. Though not stated in the film, animal lovers, especially those of dolphins, are most likely have the strongest reaction to the film and are also most likely to act act viewing the film.
The documentary appeals to logos by stating thousands of dolphins are killed in this annual dolphin hunts. A large number as that puts how many dolphins are actually killed in perspective. Also, logos is present by presenting research that has found dolphin...