Dolphin hunting for shark bait 'an open secret' in Peru

The illegal slaughter of dolphins for use as bait to hunt sharks is "an open secret" within fishing communities across Peru, according to marine conservation group Mundo Azul.

Hundreds of small fishing boats use dolphins as shark bait. Credit: Jim Wickens/Ecostorm/ITV News

Working undercover with the group, British journalist Jim Wickens spent a week on board a shark fishing boat 100km off the coast of Peru, enduring rough seas and a near-death shipwreck incident in order to film the hunt.

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Dolphins killed for shark bait

ITV News has obtained footage of dolphins being harpooned hundreds of miles off the coast of Peru and used for bait to hunt sharks. The footage is the first time this secret hunting - that scientists have warned about for years - has been filmed.