On January 17th 2014 over 250 bottlenose dolphins were ruthlessly driven into a cove in Taiji Japan.
At about 10am two separate dolphin drives were spotted just over the horizon. The pods were massive. As the killing boats rapidly progressed toward Taiji, the dolphins attempted to escape many times and were eventually driven in as five separate pods.
The large family unit of cetaceans also included a rare albino calf, ‘Angel’, ( named as she looked like an angel with fins) she clung to her mother as the hunters pushed section, after section of dolphins into the cove netting them off overnight.
Angel was the first one taken into captivity. A prize, rare albino dolphin to attract the masses. Who knows how much one would pay to see an albino? The remaining pod endured three days huddled together in shallow waters, as trainers picked out the ones suitable for dolphinariums and marine parks.
Approximately 35/40 dolphins were stolen from the sea for captivity, 60/70 slaughtered and the remaining pod were all mercilessly dumped back into the ocean.
There is widespread speculation that Angel’s mother committed suicide after her baby was violently taken from her. Volunteer Cove Guardians documented and witnessed the grieving mother repeatedly spy-hopping, looking for her calf, before lowering herself into the water, never to resurface.