The brokers apparently get anywhere from $40,000-$80,000 or more for the sale of a trained dolphin. Do you know what the deal is for the fishermen? What are the fishermen getting paid?
The fishermen get a percentage of the final sale, which is minimal compared to what the brokers get. For dolphin [meat] the estimate is anywhere from $300-$900 dollars per dolphin, depending on the size and type.
And at a minimum they are probably getting thousands of dollars for a captive dolphin?
Can you tell me what you saw with regard to the albino?
Immediately we saw the albino and we were all shocked. We just felt for this tiny baby that was clinging to his or her mother. And we knew immediately that the killers would take that dolphin captive, because it is rare. We did see that was the first dolphin that was taken and wrestled into the captive nets and dragged under the tarps. It wasn't the first one that [was transported from] the cove, so obviously trainers were there bidding on it, or poking and prodding. We did see the dolphin wrapped in a tarp and dragged out of the cove, still alive, and immediately put on a transfer truck and taken to the Taiji Whale Museum. We do know it is there in the front captive tanks where they do dolphin shows. We are able to see it swimming with a bottlenose and a Pacific white-sided dolphin. We are not allowed to enter the Taiji Whale Museum, and we are not able to take photographs, but we are able to see the dolphin in the captive tank.