Protestors are out in force around the world as the controversial six-month dolphin hunting season begins in Japan's infamous town of Taiji.
The annual catch is marked by a mass slaughter as hundreds of dolphins are herded into the secluded bay in Taiji and butchered.
The kill was thrust into the global spotlight in 2010 when it became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.
Environmental campaigners are already in place to watch the hunt, said officials. Last year campaigners live streamed the kill. click here to read more