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Japanese Dolphin Hunt Spares Some October 15, 2010
Taiji dolphin slaughter
Bottlenose dolphins being killed during an earlier hunt in the cove near Taiji.
The Japanese village made famous for its dolphin slaughter in the award-winning film “The Cove” has for the first time spared the lives of some of the youngest marine mammals recently caught, according to the conservation group Sea Shepherd.

The group says international pressure may have prompted the change in practice.

Activists staged protests at Japanese embassies around the world on October 14 to express outrage over the continuing mass slaughter that is conducted by Taiji villagers each year between September and March.

Sea Shepherd said that it also appears the hunters hadn’t killed any distinctive bottlenose dolphins, the same species as “Flipper” from the 1960s TV show and that appears in shows at marine parks around the world.

The slaughter victims have so far been risso dolphins and pilot whales, which are also dolphins but don't have the distinctive pointed noses.

Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society