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Last night, divers from the European conservation organization The Black Fish cut the nets of six holding pens in Taiji, Japan, their Web site reports.
The freed dolphins had recently been caught in a dolphin drive hunt and selected for the international dolphinarium trade, The Black Fish says. The divers swam in rough weather to free the dolphins, which swam back out to sea. None of the divers were arrested.
Taiji gained infamy as a place of dolphin slaughter with Louise Psihoyos's film The Cove, which won 2009's Best Documentary at the Oscars. Read more about The Cove and other adventure documentaries in The Outside Documentary Canon.