In the notorious ‘Red Cove’ of Japan, a fisherman was filmed holding a baby dolphin underwater before dragging it under a tarpaulin to be slaughtered for its meat.
The scene was filmed in mid-September and shared in early October in Taiji, a small coastal town in Wakayama Prefecture, a month after the annual dolphin hunt started.
The death of the Risso dolphin calf was witnessed by Ren Yabuki, the Head of the Life Investigation Agency (LIA), a non-profit organisation.
The animal was about three months old, he estimated.
The act he filmed still haunts him, Mr Yabuki told 9news.com.au.
“I feel so sad about seeing the baby dolphin killed,” Mr Yabuki said.
“My blood ran backwards.
“The baby dolphins appeared to be drowning and weakening. However, I don’t know (how they were killed) because it was actually done under a grey sheet.
“There was no reason the babies are killed more than the bigger dolphins.”
Mr Yabuki claims to have witnessed the killing of several calves.
That amounts to 32 juveniles killed in two years in total, he said.