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April 2009: National Geographic Photography

Havasu Creek Waterfall, Arizona

April 2009 Photography

Photograph by Suzanne Mathia

3,000 feet deep into Havasu Canyon lies the land of the Havasupai. The native Indians are named for the area, the people of the Blue Green. The area is known around the world for its blue waters and spectacular waterfalls.

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National Geographic Photography

Nasca Lines, Peru

March 9, 2010

Photograph by Robert Clark

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

In the coastal desert of southern Perufigures etched on the land—a spider, a monkey, a strange flying animal, and more—have inspired wonder in air travelers since first spotted in the 1920s.

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National Geographic: Cove the movie gets oscar boost

“Cove” Movie Assails Dolphin Hunt, Gets Oscar Boost


Patrick Walters

for National Geographic magazine

Updated March 8, 2010

With The Cove movie winning the 2010 Oscar for best documentary Sunday night, residents of the fishing village made famous in the movie are voicing their disappointment, calling the film inaccurate and intolerant of other cultures.

The Cove’s makers and distributors counter that the movie won the Oscar because it was well made and worth seeing, and that the Oscar nod highlights people’s concerns about the controversial practice at the heart of the movie—dolphin hunting.

Every year on the first of September, at a cove in a small town called Taiji on the southeast coast of Japan’s Honshu Island, a new fishing season begins: the dolphin season.

Twenty-six fishermen in 13 boats corral a few dozen dolphins into the small cove, where they kill the animals by stabbing them repeatedly with long harpoons and knives. The 50-square-foot (4.6-square-meter) inlet turns crimson, as if filled only with blood.

In the course of a six-month season, fishermen kill roughly 2,000 dolphins and sell the meat to local supermarkets for about U.S. $500 a dolphin. The fishermen supplement their income by taking about a hundred dolphins alive and selling them for tens of thousands of dollars each to aquariums in Japan, China, South Korea, Iran, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

(Related: “Captured Dolphin With Four Fins Spotlights Controversial Hunt.”)

Cove Movie Reopened Wounds

International media have not been kind to Taiji in the past, and the Oscar-winning movie The Cove, which was released nationwide in the United States in August, has reopened old wounds. The movie follows an international team of photographers, divers, and activists on their mission to document the dolphin hunt, facing opposition from Taiji town officials, police, […]