The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through till March of the next year. The fishermen originally caught whole families of small cetaceans into shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death. But there has been a change on how they kill these innocent creatures, now once they have captured the Dolphins they singularly trap them and parallize them with a special tool by stabbing it in the back of the head. They then use a wooden plug to suffocate the Dolphin by hammering it into their blowhole. The dolphin then suffocates on its own blood as its family watches it die!