Sickening dolphin slaughter captured on drone footage
Horrifying footage has been captured of dolphins being killed in Japan's renowned "the Cove".
Conservation scheme Dolphin Project filmed the dolphin slaughters in Taiji.
They say it's the first time the killings have been filmed by drone.
The hunt happens between September and March.
The footage sees the animals driven into The Cove - the area made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary of the same name - and killed for their meat or caught and put into aquariums.
Tarpaulins cover the sickening slaughter.
Founder Ric O'Barry said on the group's website; "16 years ago when I first stood on the shores of the Cove, observing in horror as dolphins were selected for 'life' in captivity and slaughtered for their meat, we didn't have the benefit of social media to shed an international spotlight on these atrocities".
"We do, now – and this truly is the heart and soul of Dolphin Project's campaign in Taiji.
"By live streaming and documenting the brutal dolphin hunts, Japan can no longer hide their crimes against dolphins and nature."
Dolphin Project said it is the only organisation to have been on the ground consistently since 2003.