That's the most obvious demonstration of the connection in my life.
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me
about what was going on in Japan.
23,000 are being wiped out every year,
and it's not even acknowledged.
Nobody has actually seen what takes place back there,
and so the way to stop it is to expose it.
They've already told us that——
"Don't take pictures."
The sign says "Don't take pictures."
And so the way to stop it is keep exposing this to the world.
Eventually, the Japanese government will say
"Look, this is not working. It's a PR nightmare."
No!. No photograph.
I brought the BBC, The London Times,
and everybody goes away empty-handed.
No photos, okay?
They're afraid of cameras.
One morning I didn't have my camera,
and a couple guys from the boat,
they took a baby dolphin up and cut its throat.
It was already dead, but they held it up and cut its throat,
and they were just trying to get me angry,
and I almost hit this guy.
He got right in my face.
We called him Private Space.
That's the only two words he knows in English——
And he got right in my face,
and he's screaming at me with a camera.
He wanted me to hit him.
I mean, he just egged me on,
and I almost—— man, I almost decked this guy
and knocked him off that rock.
That's what they want you to do——
hit them or do something to get you out of here.
The only way they can get us out of here
is get us arrested and get it on video.
I spend most of my time
trying to keep from getting arrested on bogus charges.
They spend most of their time
trying to arrest us on bogus charges
and get us out of the game.
In 2003, I sent a crew to Taiji.
Their objective was to just get evidence to film
and see what's going on there.
They got into the water and cut the nets
and released some pilot whales and dolphins
and were immediately arrested for that.
That actually worked out to show that we were determined
to protect the lives of these animals,
but of course it made it very difficult to return.
In 2007, when I wanted to do something
to expose the issue.
that I was the only surfer in my surfing community, that knew about this.
So Hayden Panettiere, lsabel Lucas,
we all connected, and we made the decision,
okay, we're going to paddle out.
No one's going to be aggressive.
And they got really fired up.
We had to pull the pin.
There was nothing we could do,
nothing more we could do in that scenario.
You see, this is like a cat and mouse game.
Those particular activists,
they were arrested right here in this very spot.
Now they can never come back.
They're out of the game.
My heart went out to them.
I watched Flipper as a child.
I grew to love the oceans partly because of Flipper.
We are going to stop this.
We're going to stop this.
And here's the guy that started it all.
He's trying to rectify this huge problem,
but he can't find anybody to help him.
If we could just get in there, we can stop this.
The first guy I called was my buddy Charles Hambleton.
He's a adrenaline junkie.
He's been sail master on The Pirates of the Caribbean.
He's traveled all over the world on photo assignments.
He's the guy that has a heart of gold
and nerves of steel. He'll do anything.
I remember distinctly a phone call
saying I needed to be in Japan.
We stepped off the train in Taiji,
and we were immediately met by Ric O'Barry,
along with the police.
I'm not entirely sure
Louis knew what he was getting himself into.
On our initial trip to Japan,
we had a formal meeting in the town mayor's office
with the fishing union
and with all the proper authorities.
We spent seven hours trying to negotiate an arrangement
where we would try to be respectful of their side.