Unlimited Slaughter, Criminal Intent: A small history of Japanese Antarctic whaling Commentary by Erwin Vermeulen Archeological evidence in the form of whale remains discovered in burial mounds indicate that whales were consumed in Japan since the Jōmon period around 12,000 BC. These remains were likely from stranded whales, but non-industrial whaling began as early as the 12th century, as the earliest records of hand-thrown harpoons are from that era.
A dolphin named Cessol looks as if he is smiling and blowing a welcoming thought bubble at Planete Sauvage wildlife park in Port Saint Pere, France. Amateur photographer Yohann Aberkane said: "I couldn't believe it when Cessol swam to the glass and blew a bubble - he really seemed like he was trying to communicate, almost like using a thought bubble."
The Academy Award-winning film, The Cove, spotlights the dolphins brutally slain in Taiji by Japanese fishermen, but in the Faeroes there are also regular drive hunts of whales and dolphins just as barbaric and even more merciless. Pilot Whales are classified as “strictly protected” under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats. By allowing the slaughter in the Faeroes, Denmark is in violation of its obligations as a signatory to the Convention.
The Cove is a public beach. There is a parking apron up on the road. There are stairs down to the beach with inviting rock paved walking paths along the edges. There is even a well-maintained public restroom there. Above the steep sides of the Cove are public vistas which double as tsunami escape locations. Most of the walkways and “vistas” have been barricaded to keep folks from viewing what happens to the dolphins. It is now a criminal offense to cross these barricades.