On January 17th 2014 over 250 bottlenose dolphins were ruthlessly driven into a cove in Taiji Japan - probably one of the biggest pods the 26 fishermen had seen in a long time. The large family unit of cetaceans also included a rare albino calf, 'Angel', ( as she is now known) swimming by her Mother's side. Angel was instantly ripped from her parent and 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.
Taiji, with an estimated population of 3,400 is primarily known as a whaling town, and has been since the 17th century, however, slaughter for a dolphin at the hands of the Taiji fishermen is probably the most unimaginable suffering any sentient being can go through. Since the release of the academy award winning documentary 'The Cove' in 2009, they now drag the dolphins under plastic tarps so their inhumane death can no longer be witnessed.