Track­ing tur­tles

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Tagged tur­tles in Cyprus end up in Egypt for the win­ter

Plus Taiji Cove dol­phin drive cap­tures 50 cetaceans

An es­ti­mated 50 bot­tlenose dol­phins were taken alive, and more than 20 Risso’s dol­phins were killed, dur­ing the first month of the Taiji dol­phin drive in Ja­pan.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dol­phin Project, which is mon­i­tor­ing the drive, a pod of 80 bot­tlenose dol­phins were herded into Taiji Cove in late Septem­ber, of which 50 were cap­tured.

The dol­phins will be sold on to aquar­i­ums in both Ja­pan and abroad. The drive has gone ahead de­spite the fact that the in­dus­try body rep­re­sent­ing Ja­panese zoos and aquar­i­ums has told its mem­bers it must no longer source live an­i­mals from drive hunts. “The eco­nomic un­der­pin­ning of th­ese hunts clearly lies in the cap­tiv­ity in­dus­try,” said the Dol­phin Project in a state­ment.

Bot­tlenose dol­phins are taken in Taiji for sale to aquar­i­ums.

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