I do want to say that we try to do the story legally.
I thought of all the possibilities of what could happen,
and it kept me up at night.
The story that Ric showed me at the beginning
was just the tip of the iceberg.
Here it is—— the town of Taiji.
The little town with a really big secret.
It's funny driving into Taiji.
It's kind of like The Twilight Zone.
because if you didn't know what's going on over here,
you would think this is a town that loved dolphins and whales.
On our left here is the infamous Taiji Whale Museum.
And I really, really hate this place.
When we first got to Japan,
Ric O'Barry was incredibly frustrated.
He said, "Oh, you have to wear a mask.
Otherwise, they'll know that we're here."
And I thought, okay, all right.
There's the police.
I've got to hunch over and change my shape
so they think I'm just some old Japanese guy.
I thought, you know, what am I doing? I went halfway across the world to end up in this car,
Locked up with this paranoid guy.
Somebody's behind me.
I don't know who that is.
Yep. He's coming. He's coming.
Yeah. I've been doing this too long.
The mayor of this town actually gave me the key to the city.
I was welcome then.
Today they'd kill me if they could.
And I'm not exaggerating.
If these fishermen could catch me and kill me,
About three years ago,
my friend Jim Clark and l started this organization——
The Oceanic Preservation Society, OPS.
We've been diving for over 35 years,
and you could go back to the same dive spot year after year
and literally see the degradation of the oceans
before your very eyes.
There's major extinctions going on right now in our lifetime.
to try to do something about it, to stop this,
so I began documenting reefs around the world.
I went to a marine mammal conference down in San Diego.
There was 2,000 of the world's top marine mammal scientists,
and Ric O'Barry was supposed to be the keynote speaker,
and at the last minute, the sponsor of the program pulled him from the ticket.
I thought, oh God, that's interesting.
Well, who's the sponsor?
They said, "Sea World."
A lot of marine mammal scientists get their money
from Hub Research Institute,
which is the nonprofit arm of Sea World.
They don't like me.
They don't like my message about captivity,
and they took me off the list.
They wouldn't let me talk about this dolphin slaughter in Taiji.
I said, "Dolphin slaughter? What's—— What's that about?"
He says, "Well, I'm going next week.
You want to come?"
Now we're approaching the area that's most important.
That's a dolphin's worst nightmare right there.
Hundreds of thousands of dolphins have died there.
You'll see the signs—— "Keep Out," "Danger."
There are fishermen walking around these hills with knives.
This is a national park.
The fishermen told me.
They said, "lf the world finds out what goes on here,
we'll be shut down."
Can you imagine that?
They actually told us that.
We need to get in there and film exactly what happens.
We need to know the truth.
When we got back to the hotel——
It's a big spa hotel,
people going by in robes,
and there's these three undercover cops talking to Ric.
you could see these dolphin boats going by in the window,
and it was just—— it was so surreal.
I couldn't—— I wanted to laugh,
and I wanted to scream at the same time.
I don't enter. No, no.
Thank you so much, and——
- See you again. - Okay. Bye-bye.
- 再见 - 好，再见
I never planned on being an activist.
One thing leads to another,
and now if there's a dolphin in trouble