Beneath the Blue

Synopsis: Dolphin experts confront the US Navy when its sonar program is suspected of causing the animals' deaths.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michael D. Sellers
Production: Quantum Releasing
92 min


90 feet! Your best yet.

I know I can do better.

One more time.

Hello, I think

lack of oxygen

is affecting your brain.

(Rasca chirping)


Hey! I thought

you're supposed to be

on my side.

(Alyssa sighs)

Alright, alright,

we'll go back.

(Dolphin whistling)

(Dolphin whistling)


lf Hawk only knew

what was going on

around here.


Well, how would he?

Unless you tell him.


A father ought to know

that his daughter

is trying to drown herself.


Oh, come on, Daniel,

you know I know my own limits.

Besides, you know

you're not gonna tell him.

You said you were

only gonna go down 50 feet!

She's fine.

Look at her!

Better than fine,

I'd say.


All the voodoo word play.

(Alyssa and Kita laughing)


Let's get out of here.

(Dolphin whining)

(Dolphin whistling)

(Jet skis droning)


Get a load of that.

(Alyssa laughs)

Ah yeah, judging

by the hottie he's with,

I'd say that one's

been claimed.

Mmm, I'm not above

a little claim jumping,

time to time.

Oh, you're shameless.


That wouldn't be

the famous Rasca, would it?


Everyone on the island

is talking about her.

We heard her owner

takes her out around here.


Yeah, that's Rasca,

but she doesn't have an owner.

(Rasca chirping)

(Rasca whistling)


Anyway you can get her

to, uh, stay still?

Tryin' to get a shot.

Um, I'm sorry,

I think she's a little excited

right now.

(Jet skis humming)

We gotta go so, uh,

enjoy your stay

in the beautiful Bahamas.

(Boat propellers churning)

(lnstrumental music)

(Dolphins whistling)


Mmm hmm.

Hey there, little fellas.

I see you.

I see you looking at me

looking at you.

Mmm hmm.

(Phone ringing)


(Man on phone)

Duvey, have you

heard anything

about another stranding?


(Man on phone)

Well, I'm looking at one

right now.

How many?

(Man on phone)

Looks like 15 dolphins,

at least.

Make sure

Hawk knows about it.

It's gonna be

all over the media soon.

Hawk, I need you

in here, please.


(Man on phone)

Listen, Noah is sending out

a pathologist from Woods Hole

to do necropsies

on the bodies.

We're gonna find out

what happened here.


Okay, and where were

they found?

(Man on phone)

Providence Channel.


All right.

And they're all

bottlenose dolphins?

(Man on phone)

Maybe a half

a dozen pilot whales

and three pygmy sperms.


Okay, thank you.

(Hawk) Yeah, what?

(Liz) It's another stranding.

(Hawk sighs)


Providence Channel.

How many?


And they all dead!

That's like, what,

50 dead dolphins in three weeks?

Something going on, man.



But as soon as we get

the necropsy reports back, we--

You don't need

a necropsy report

to know what's goin' on.

You know

who's doin' this, Liz,

well as I do.

I mean, we talkin'

about the U.S. Navy here,

And they say they don't do

sonar testing in the Caribbean.

No, I just sayin'!

I just sayin',

that's what they say,

I ain't sayin'

that's what they do.

And anything else

is up for discussion.

I don't even understand it.


Where is Rasca?


(Dolphin whistling)

(Female computer voice)

Rasca almost home.


There's my girl.


Hmm, I hear there's been

another stranding.

Tell me you got

some good news in there.

Another threat.

I don't have time for this.

(Liz reading flyer)

"Return your captured dolphins

to the wild,

or we'll do it for you.

This is your last warning.

Wildlife Liberation Front."


I found some information online.

They claim

to free animals

used for medical

and corporate research

and then burn down the labs.

Well you can't burn

this one down.

It's underwater.


So what? They don't know

you is the good guy.

These dolphins free

to come and go as they please.

They ain't in cages.

Well maybe

I should contact them,

talk to them

about our program.


It won't do any good.

Doesn't matter to them that

our dolphins aren't captive.

They're against any kind

of interaction whatsoever.

To them,

I'm not a good guy.

I'll call the police again.

That's all we can do.

Mmm hmm.

See what

I can find out

about them.

Okay, thanks.

I can check the

surveillance camera feeds again.

And make sure

those camera feeds

are stored

on the main drive, okay?




Lookee there.

(lnstrumental music)

(Gull cries out)

(Rasca whistles)

(Dolphins whistling)

(Female computer voice)

Alyssa home.

(Dolphins whistling)


Hey guys, missed you, too!

(Dolphins chattering)

Hey Alyssa.

Get a rope.

Yes, sir.

Hey Dad.

How many?

(Alyssa sighs)

Not a single pod.

You go diving again?

Dad, you really think

I'd have my fun

before I do my job?

How deep?

I'm gonna

go take a shower,

and then we're gonna go

to the Fish Fry.

And we're gonna

find our man, too.

You wouldn't know anything

about that, would ya?


We'll see

you there.


There's Alyssa.




(Alyssa) Hi baby.

(Baby blows raspberries)

(Women laugh)


You going down

to the Fish Fry?


You gonna be there later?

Yeah, we'll come later.

See you, bye.

Say "bye."


(Tamika) Okay, bye.

(Alyssa) Bye.



So, she was

divin' again, huh?


Rasca was with her.

You know she wouldn't

let anything happen.

She just pushes

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