The annual Taiji dolphin hunt has begun again. It seems to be meeting with less and less success each year, following sustained international criticism for many years and the Oscar-winning film, "The Cove".

From the article:

"Demand for dolphin and whale meat has been on the decline over the past years and both have been found to have unhealthy levels of mercury. Animals caught alive and sold to marine parks fetch a far higher price than the meat yet there is growing pressure on the parks not to buy dolphins captured in Taiji."

The full article from the BBC website can be seen here. Warning: the video contains some upsetting scenes. You can still read the article without watching the video, if you prefer:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49547400