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It's been four years since the Oscar-winnng "The Cove" exposed the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, to an international audience and left many of us, lulled by a belief that attention and awards bring change, to assume that cinematic thunder crack would have ended the tragic spectacle. But it's still happening. And I mean happening -- right now, in Taiji cove, and you can witness it for yourself thanks to the indefatigable efforts of The Sea Shepherd and their livestreaming coverage (Warning: Disturbing video).
On Friday, 250 bottlenose dolphins were rounded up in the shallow waters of the cove, where about 25 -- including the icon of this tragedy, a baby albino dolphin -- were removed, presumably to be sold into captivity for aquatic parks and aquariums. In just about four hours (5 p.m. ET --updated, it's begun), the hunters will return, sorting out more of the dolphins to take into captivity, then slaughtering the rest for their meat, turning the cove's waters a deep red.