Oct 8, 2013 — ""The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" will open a marine park where visitors can swim with whales and dolphins and also sample the animals as a snack.
Government official Masaki Wada said the town of Taiji has begun researching a plan to create a park where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, as well as nibble on marine products.
Mr Wada said far from having caved in to pressure from conservationists who want an end to dolphin and whale hunting, the project was aimed at sustaining the practice.
"But we plan to do it on a larger scale. This is part of Taiji's long-term plan of making the whole town a park, where you can enjoy watching marine mammals while tasting various marine products, including whale and dolphin meat," he said.
"We already use dolphins and small whales as a source of tourism in the cove where dolphin-hunting takes place."