As the annual dolphin hunt and slaughter continues in Taiji, Japan, many have been demanding freedom for the baby albino dolphin taken into captivity. The dolphin is so rare that Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson says it can be sold for $500,000, compared to $150,000 for the other captives.
The calf, which observers dubbed "Angel," was among the first dolphins rounded up by trainers and hunters during the annual hunt, and taken to the Taiji Whale Museum early Saturday in Japan, where it was filmed swimming in a pool with other dolphins (video since taken down).
The dolphin it is shown swimming with, however, is reportedly not its mother. According to Ric O'Barry, a former dolphin trainer and now anti-captivity advocate who appeared in the 2010 documentary "The Cove," the albino calf was separated from its mother, an exceedingly questionable move, according to, O'Barry said:
So what will likely happen to Angel? Angel was taken from its mother to the Taiji Whale Museum this morning. This is particularly foolish as the calf's likelihood of survival in captivity would be enhanced if the mother was with Angel.