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A pod of 32 striped dolphins was filmed that were driven into a cove near Taiji, Japan, before being slaughtered in footage captured by a drone

Images of Taiji & # 39; s annual dolphin hunt show the animals that are driven into a cove, roam around to escape and then dragged away as the sea redeems for hours during slaughter

  • Brutal hunting took place in Taiji, a traditional dolphin hunting spot in southern Japan
  • Drone images show how animals are driven into a cove before being killed
  • Fishermen and divers try to keep the animals under cover to hide the slaughter, but some escaped while bleeding heavily in the water
  • Images were recorded by Dolphin Project, which campaigns to end the hunt
  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
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Heart-breaking images have emerged of a pod of dolphins being driven into a cove and then slaughtered in Japan.

Video recorded near the city of Taiji, about 75 miles south of Osaka, shows the water turning red as a team of divers and fishermen kill 32 striped dolphins in a grim spectacle that takes hours to end.

In a futile attempt to hide what they are doing, the hunters use canopies hanging above the cove, but at least one badly injured animal broke out in the open air where it was heavily bleeding caught on drone cameras & # 39; s .

A pod of 32 striped dolphins was filmed that were driven into a cove near Taiji, Japan, before being slaughtered in footage captured by a drone

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A pod of 32 striped dolphins was filmed that were driven into a cove near Taiji, Japan, before being slaughtered in footage captured by a drone

Fishermen tried to hide what they were doing under large sails, but at least one badly injured animal escaped and saw heavy bleeding in the water

Fishermen tried to hide what they were doing under large sails, but at least one badly injured animal escaped and saw heavy bleeding in the water

Fishermen tried to hide what they were doing under large sails, but at least one badly injured animal escaped and saw heavy bleeding in the water

The video was made by Dolphin Project, those campaigns to end the hunt, in February this year.

As the video starts, a pod of striped dolphins can be seen being driven into the bay by fishing boats.

The hunters do this by lowering mental sticks into the water and then hammering them with hammers, creating a & # 39; wall of sound & # 39; that disorientates the dolphins.

Once their prey is in the cove, the fishermen pull nets over their mouths and catch them inside.

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The dolphins are then driven to the rear of the bay, where large beige sails are hung over the water to hide what they are going to do.

Troubled dolphins can throw themselves against the walls of the fence in a desperate but vain attempt to escape.

Fishermen chased the dolphins, hit them on the sides of their boats and then dragged them under cover so that they could be killed

Fishermen chased the dolphins, hit them on the sides of their boats and then dragged them under cover so that they could be killed

Fishermen chased the dolphins, hit them on the sides of their boats and then dragged them under cover so that they could be killed

The hunt was filmed in February 2019. According to Dolphin Project, a total of 234 striped dolphins were killed in this bay only during the 2018/19 season

The hunt was filmed in February 2019. According to Dolphin Project, a total of 234 striped dolphins were killed in this bay only during the 2018/19 season

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The hunt was filmed in February 2019. According to Dolphin Project, a total of 234 striped dolphins were killed in this bay only during the 2018/19 season

Once the pod is under sail, divers go into the water to catch the animals while the fisherman dispatches them.

At least one seriously injured animal escapes the sail and can be seen bleeding profusely in the water while a diver tries to catch it.

It is then tied to the side of a boat and dragged back under the blankets so that slaughter can continue.

In the 2018/19 season, a total of 234 striped dolphins were killed in Taiji, just over half of the government's 450 quota.

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During the entire season, which runs from September to March, 556 dolphins were killed and another 241 were caught in this one cove.

Although that number has been reduced to just a quarter of what it was two decades ago, campaigners are calling for an end to the practice.

Despite the declining popularity of products for dolphins and whales, Japan decided this year to restart international whaling, despite international condemnation.

It is unclear how many Japanese fishermen have caught in total since the hunt resumed in July.

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