I’ve just received several tweets asking me to post about what is taking place in the infamous cove in Taiji, Japan at this very moment. The official Sea Shepherd Twitter account @CoveGuardians has been live tweeting over the last few days about a massive drive to herd and captures several dolphin pods in the cove for slaughter and transfer to marine parks.

Pod currently being held in the cove, including albino baby dolphin. Pic: Sea Shepherd

Pod currently being held in the cove, including albino baby dolphin. Pic: Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian’s Facebook page is also being regularly updated with reports of the goings on at the Cove. Here is an excerpt from a report updated only one hour ago:

A colossal pod of 250 plus Bottlenose dolphins including babies, juveniles and one baby albino dolphin is being held captive overnight in the cove right now. It will be a total of 19 hours before they will endure the torture of being ripped from their family and selected for captivity. Those not selected will be slaughtered for human consumption

On January 13th Cove Guardians described harrowing scenes in which the Cove began turning “red as the slaughter and captive selection of the Spotted dolphins is happening together.”

The Taiji dolphin capture and slaughter was thrust into mainstream consciousness with the release of the 2009 documentary film The Cove, which placed the spotlight on the secretive, yet extensive hunting of dolphins in Japan.

Thanks to all those who tweeted me about this story!

*Also, check out this press release on the latest from the cove:

TAIJI DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER 17TH JANUARY 2014 
Taiji dolphin hunt. Pic: Sea Shepherd

Taiji dolphin hunt. Pic: Sea Shepherd