The waters of Taiji, Japan will no longer run read this hunting season. (Photo: Tim Burns)
On the first day of what is expected to be the last week of the 2011-2012 dolphin-hunting season in Taiji, Japan, 26 fishermen killed 98 Pantropical spotted dolphins in the waters of the notorious inlet.
Based on statistics found at Ceta-Base, today’s haul represents the most dolphins killed during this drive-hunting season. The previous high occurred on January 5, when 45 striped dolphins were slaughtered.
With the stench of death fresh in the air, Cove star Ric O’Barry rallied the troops in a post on the Facebook wall of Save Japan Dolphins:
Despite today's tragedies in Taiji, the number of dolphins killed in the Cove has been declining ever since we began maintaining a presence there. Demand for dolphin meat has been falling, and the fishermen are feeling pressure from people around the world. None of this work would be possible without the support of dedicated dolphin lovers around the world.