A group of divers from the European conservation organization, The
Black Fish, successfully swam into Taiji’s infamous cove last night and cut
the nets of several dolphins destined for aquariums around the world.
“In rough weather conditions the divers swam out and cut the nets of six of
these holding pens, allowing a number of dolphins to swim back out to sea,” a
press release on the organization’s site reads. “No arrests were made.”
Admittedly, I’ve never heard of this group before — but their MO is one of
“investigation and intervention”, taking action “on the issues of whaling,
industrial fishing and marine animals in captivity.”
You can read more about the group here —
but if such actions persist, I wouldn’t be surprised if Taiji fisherman take
more aggressive (and violent) means to defend their trade.