The Cove...a movie about the annual slaughter of dolphins in Japan...recently received the Oscar for Best Documentary of the year, along with a bunch of other awards.
I haven't actually seen the film yet, as I've been on the road for the past six months, but it's certainly on my list of things to do.
The reason I'm bringing this up is that one of my friends, Dr. John Potter, was interviewed in the movie. John is quite proud of his performance, so please try not to laugh when you watch the clip below:
Note: Excerpt from The Cove used with permission from Director Louie Psihoyos.
John is a marine acoustics expert (and he's also a
Kiwi [Correction: John just informed me that he's not a Kiwi, so I owe all you decent Kiwis an apology. John is from Essex in the UK.]...so please excuse the odd accent and crazed look in his eye).
We are kicking off a joint effort later this year to learn more about southern hemisphere humpback whales by studying the noises they make.
Specifically, we've organised a couple of itineraries (29 July to 2 August, and 3 to 7 August) on a liveaboard yacht to spend quality time with the humpback whales that visit the Kingdom of Tonga each year.
There are one or two places left, so if you're interested in having a great time whale watching while also learning about humpback whale acoustics using cutting-edge instruments (i.e., toys!), please see my earlier post for additional trip details, and drop me a line via my contact form if you'd like to know more.
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