While proponents of the hunt market the massacre as a Japanese tradition, drives hunts have only become commonplace in the last few decades. The Taiji hunt in particular is driven by a handful of local men who are getting rich off the killing.
But unfortunately, witnesses from the Dolphin Project and other groups are prohibited from getting involved. Anyone who interferes with the hunt will be arrested, deported and prohibited from returning to the scene - leaving no one to report to the world what really goes on at the brutal hunt.
Of course, that makes watching the tragic slaughter all the more difficult. Last night, two members of the Dolphin Project spent the night by the killing cove, waiting with the frightened pilot whales for the bloody morning to come.
The Dolphin Project