It's Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project 13th consecutive year on the ground in Taiji, Japan, where the Academy award-winning movie "The Cove" was based. They report they could now sense a tension which wasn't present in previous years.
Just hours before the start of the 2015/2016 dolphin drive season, Ric was arrested for allegedly not carrying a passport. After spending the night in jail, forcing him to miss the September 1 start, all charges against him were dropped when police located the passport inside the car he was driving! !!!
Eleven days after, a pod of approximately 12 Risso's dolphins were driven into the killing cove and slaughtered – but not before a female Risso's attempted to flee towards the beach, landing mere feet away from where Ric was standing.
It was a horrifying scene, all caught on Dolphin Project's live stream, and our video was soon picked up by international media and broadcast across the world.
In the first capture of the season for captivity, a pod of 75-80 bottlenose dolphins were pushed and netted into the cove. Over a two-day period, an estimated 50 animals were selected for a life of captivity, with the remaining pod irreparably broken.