Today the hunters drove the first pod of 30-35 Striped dolphins this season into the cove. Cove Monitors noticed the black smoke from 10 banger boats in formation on the horizon just before 9am.
It was a very messy and disorganized drive as they took nearly two hours to drive them towards the mouth of the cove. The dolphins fought hard to swim away from the boats several times, and a large portion of them managed to escape quite early on, but the hunters showed no relent.
The terrorized and exhausted dolphins were eventually netted into the cove and driven under the tarps fairly quickly. The sound of thrashing begun.
Whilst some dolphins were swimming in panic as their family members were being slaughtered, others were getting tangled in nets and drowning.
Cove Monitors witnessed one dolphin in a pool of its own blood as it was caught in the nets and thrashing against the side of a skiff. More blood seeped out from underneath the tarps and turned the water a murky brown.
Silence fell and soon after, three skiffs emerged full of bodies, with some faces peeking out from beneath the tarps that were used to try and hide this ‘tradition’. Divers continued to look for more bodies along the bottom of the cove.
The entire family were slaughtered because this is a not desired species for captivity.
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. Founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit.
Every year from approximately September 1 to March 1, a notoriously cruel hunt of some of the most sentient and sensitive creatures on the planet takes place in Taiji, Japan, made famous by the 2009 Academy award-winning movie “The Cove.” During this period, fisherman, or more appropriately, dolphin hunters, “drive” the mammals to their capture or deaths via means of physical violence and acoustic torture.
Dolphin Project is the only organization to have been on the ground in Taiji since 2003.