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Dolphins come to Fairview

By Piper Salvator in Student News

Scientists recently discovered that dolphins are just behind humans in regard to intelligence. For example, dolphins can understand human sign language, yet humans cannot understand any aspects of dolphin communication. If this is the case, why are humans brutally slaughtering these intelligent creatures instead of viewing them as potential aid to the human race? Cassie Mocek and Emma Hutchinson have started a “Save the Dolphins” club here at Fairview to raise awareness about these cruel dolphin killings, specifically in Japan. They were inspired by the documentary, “The Cove,” created by Louis Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens. Psihoyos and Stevens tracked Ric O’Barry’s efforts to save the dolphins throughout Japan. One scene in the documentary that stood out to Mocek and Hutchinson was when a group of fisherman forced hundreds of dolphins into a small cove at night and trapped them there so that when they returned the next morning the dolphins would be “calm” and “relaxed,” making them much easier to slaughter. Another scene of the documentary showed a dolphin being brutally beat as he was trying to escape. The dolphin tried to leap away, but the fisherman continued beating him until he bled to death. After watching this, Hutchinson and Mocek knew they had to help these dolphins. They immediately went online to www.thecovemovie.com and contacted an administrator with questions about how they could help. Then they decided to create a club and raise money for the dolphins. The club plans to host events where they can play “The Cove” movie and simply raise awareness on the issue. The club also plans to create letters that people can send to friends and family asking for donations for the dolphins. All the money they raise will be sent directly to Psihoyos and Stevens, and their Oceanic Preservation Society. One of the club’s main goals, besides raising awareness, is to convince the Japanese government to take action to stop the dolphin killings. Dolphin meat contains extremely high amounts of mercury so the Japanese government should be concerned because one of the ways the dolphin meat is being used is by selling it to schools.  These schools feed it to children, and children come home with mercury poison. Through various events the “Save the Dolphins” club hopes to raise enough money to confront these issues. Hutchinson and Mocek hope to not only visit the Oceanic Preservation Society with the club, but also bring Psihoyos in to Fairview to talk to the club. After focusing on the Japanese Dolphins, the club hopes to help all marine life and encourage biodiversity. They eventually want to reach out to all of Boulder. Hutchinson and Mocek urge all Fairview students to take action to help this cause by joining the “Save the Dolphins” club, which meets every Wednesday during block lunch in room 414, or by visiting www.thecovemovie.com and www.savethedolphins.org.

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