Dolphins have gone missing from a recreational facility in the Japanese town of Taiji, which is at the centre of an international controversy over its annual hunts.
Officials at the DolphinBase centre reported to local police that nets at two of the facility’s nine seaside pools had been vertically slashed, allowing four bottlenose dolphins to get out.
According to the facility’s official blog, three out of four returned on their own accord.
Japan’s NHK news reported that two of them remain missing.
The escaped dolphins were spotted swimming outside their pool at the facility, where visitors can touch and swim with them. On the blog, the centre wrote it was “very angry” at the “malicious act” which could lead to the dolphins dying. Read more…