The Academy Awards are coming up soon, and it’s easy to get caught up in wondering who will have the most notable acceptance speech or what the stars will be wearing. However, this world-famous event also presents an opportunity to recognize people who work tirelessly, at times at great personal risk, to protect the world’s fragile ecosystems and the defenseless creatures that inhabit them.

“The Cove,” a documentary film sponsored by featured cause Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), has earned rave reviews, sparked considerable controversy, and has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Feature Documentary at the March 7th Academy Awards. “The Cove” tells the amazing true story of how a former dolphin trainer, a team of activists, and filmmakers embarked on a dangerous covert mission to expose a brutal dolphin hunt driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat.

They travel to Taiji, Japan, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast.  But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, where the fishermen of Taiji engage in an unseen hunt.  The nature of what they do is so chilling — and the consequences are so dangerous to human health — they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

“The Cove” exposes the horrible truth of what’s really going on in the cove and why it matters to everyone in the world. This Oscar nomination is well deserved, and hopefully OPS will take home the golden statue for Best Feature Documentary. You can learn more about “The Cove” at the film’s web site and at the Oceanic Preservation Society web site. You can also add OPS as one of your GlobalMojo favorite causes and help save dolphins and other marine life by making a donation directly to OPS.