This year, actress Shannen Doherty, a longtime animal activist, headed to Taiji to see the drive for herself and to livestream the hunt from inside the Taiji Whale Museum.
"I sit at home and I watch the live streams from Sea Shepherd and I thought that I was prepared, and there is absolutely nothing that can prepare you because you're here and there's an eeriness to it," Doherty said. "Especially after they've been slaughtered - the lapping of the water, the dead calm, people start walking away. It's eerie."
There may be good news, however - at this same time during last year's hunt, over 30 dolphins had been taken captive in Taiji. Activists hope that this year's three captives reflects a decrease in the number that will be taken throughout the hunt.
See this map for marine parks that support the slaughter in Taiji by buying dolphins from it, and this post for what you can do to help.