Of course I love a documentary. I actually rarely find that my opinion on matters changes by watching them, but I like to be fully informed in order to make my decisions; for example, yes I’ve watched Black Fish but yes I still went to swim with the dolphins at SeaWorld we’re all allowed our own opinions it’s fine! Anyway, this new Netflix documentary has genuinely got me considering making some life changes!
So it starts by some guy called Ali Tabrizi, from down South (England) wanting to learn more about the sea and specifically about protecting whales and dolphins. Apparently, aside from just being amazing animals, whales and dolphins also play a huge role in giving us clean oxygen which I did not know, so actually saving them is genuinely in the best interest of every living thing. Ali starts in the usual places to understand what is happening to the sea/oceans residents and we are reminded of the terrible mass slaughter of dolphins which occur in a Japanese cove almost daily; if you haven’t watched The Cove I’d recommend it. And also how sharks are being slaughtered for their fins and blue fin tuna are on the brink of extinction. All super interesting. However it then takes a turn.
As Ali learns more about the problems in our waters, he discovers that the corruption within the protection agencies runs deep and those who are supposed to be protecting the oceans are; more often than not, profiting from the exploitation. The main topics which Ali focuses on are the shambles of ‘dolphin safe’ and ‘sustainably’ obtained fish which clearly is nothing actually possible, and the fact that we are no longer allowed to eat through plastic straws to save the oceans, but the millions of tons of fishing nets which are abandoned are just ignored.
Honestly, this documentary is genuinely eye opening. I’m a big fish eater, and I’m honestly considering dramatically reducing my fish intake and saving it for special occasions. It’s not that all of a sudden I’m becoming vegetarian and worried about eating animals; sorry I’m just not, but rather that I’m astounded by the damage we are doing to the planet by overfishing and how dangerously low the world’s stock is of fish we literally eat all of the time (haddock and tuna for example).
Seriously, you need to watch this documentary! If you have let me know how it has impact you.