Every year, as fall approaches, people who love animals flock to a picturesque cove on the coast of Taiji, Japan.
But they aren't making the trek for their own sake. These people are doing the hard work of documenting an annual massive slaughter that dolphin hunters don't want people to see. This crowd includes groups like Cove Guardians, dispatched by the conservation organization Sea Shepherd, and The Dolphin Project, which both work to record the hunt and put pressure on Japan to stop killing and capturing dolphins for profit.
The hunt is set to last for nearly six more months, aiming to capture or kill 1,873 animals. But the horrific footage already captured, which shows a dolphin fighting for his slowly diminishing life, has already sparked international outrage.
So, hunters have built a small wall to prevent people from capturing the gruesome sights for all the world to see. Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians posted a photo of the obstruction to its Facebook page.