During yesterday’s drive, the fishermen caught a particularly large family of about 45 to 50 melon-headed whales, and killed the majority of them. However, four whales were taken into captivity, and a small number of calves were dumped back into the ocean. Releasing the juveniles might seem merciful, but it’s unlikely they’ll survive without their mothers.
“It was a horrific slaughter altogether,” Burns said. “They claim they developed this process where they stick a spike into its back and break its spine, and it’s supposed to kill them instantly. But we’re documenting more and more that this is not the case.”