Just days after international media erupted when Japanese fishermen killed over 40 dolphins in a cove in Taiji, Japan, the hunt continues -- Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians report that hunters have killed 25-28 striped dolphins in Taiji. This time, the animals were covered in a tarp before they were killed, to avoid the cameras of activists on the shore.
"After being netted and corralled into the tiny confines of the killing cove, the killers draped a second net pulling the dolphins farther in under the tarps," the organization stated on their Facebook page. "As we continued to live stream the process, killers pushed the pod quickly under tarps and out of our sight."
Those numbers add to the previous hunt from last weekend, during which 52 dolphins were taken captive to be sold to international aquariums while 41 dolphins were slaughtered for their meat.
AFP explained exactly how the hunters corral the dolphins into the small cove:
Boats search the open ocean off Japan's Pacific coast for pods of dolphins. When a group is located the fishermen drive them towards the cove by banging on submerged metal poles attached to their boat. This creates a sonar wall from which they flee. By positioning several boats in an arc, the hunters can funnel the creatures into a small bay. Once there, nets are strung across the mouth of the cove to prevent the dolphins' escape.
Later on, the Sea Shepherd livestreamed a tour of Taiji, where they documented striped dolphin meat for sale.