Hunting season in Taiji, Japan is officially underway, as a pod of Risso's dolphins was driven into the city's cove and slaughtered. Eight to nine animals, including one calf, were killed, according to activists on the ground in Taiji.
Though the hunt officially started over two weeks ago, none of the drives have been successful thus far - until yesterday, when boats were seen herding a pod back into shore. To drive them in, fishermen dip long poles into the water and hit them, causing loud vibrations under the surface. These noises push the animals toward the cove where they can be corralled with nets.
Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, which has been monitoring the hunt for years, reported that there was some back-and-forth at first: