More than 250 dolphins captured by Japanese fishermen are kept behind high steep rock of Japan’s coast and waiting for the decision of life and death. High rocks are placed at a distance making it look like a huge room.
Their fate still to be decided either they live their future life in captivity or will be slaughter until the cruel or violent selection process of aquarium industry takes place.
Dolphins are the Aquatic mammals seem to be highly cherished by every human especially by children who loves watching dolphin shows; these shows earn the aquarium millions of dollars every year.
The expensive most and the very rear breed of Albino dolphin which has market value of $500,000 as compared to others with $150,000 will have to remain in captive along with other bottlenose dolphins. Those not selected to perform in show are pierce, killed with spear, or get another life to live with their love once as they thrown back into the sea but with weaker health and leaner body.
The small bay in Tajji – south west Japan is famous for it. The movie named “The Cove” which won Academic award in which the entire process of dolphin capturing was shown from capture to selection and upshot scenes were also shot here. However, the rare breed Albino dolphins seem to be transferred to Japanese marine parks for entertainment in order to make money. Japanese marine parks have now a huge number of traffic and likely to earn millions of dollars, though it was made for fun after seeing U.S aquatic shows, but it has become a business now.
Fishermen capture a massive amount of dolphins each year and kill them. This process is too risky and it is reducing the population of dolphins – soon they will be labeled as endangered species.
Those dolphins somehow manages to escape, drive back to the open ocean whether they go far or not, they force out to sea again with help of ‘banger boats’, that uses two long poles attached to its sides. Poles are arranged at the top of water, fishermen hit it with hammer on top, and it creates a cacophony sound that takes out dolphins to surface of water – same tactic use to capture dolphins by pushing them into the cove.
There are fences inside that make fishermen to watch out the cove. Those dolphins driven back to the sea are mostly young and have not any guidance of elders that makes them unwilling to survive and be killed. This process repeats every year; the entire process takes a few weeks resulting in the death of so many dolphins.
Dolphins recklessly captured 4 to 5 at a time, this procedure happen along a while until sufficient of them are collected, and then they go for their selection. The place where they kept them is not sufficient for many dolphins to swim; this provided space does not seem enough either, which forces them to stay up together in a large group. Fishermen make preparation 24 hours prior to the schedule time they set their nets and other required equipment.
Isana Fishermen’s union is behind all these capturing and killing and persistently they are being fought by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians.