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TAIJI, Wakayama Pref. — As kids in inner tubes bob on the calm waters of this small ocean cove, a 250-kg dolphin zips through the crowd in pursuit of squid tossed out by a trainer.

Niru, a Risso’s dolphin caught locally, appears unbothered by all the people and the squeals of surprise and delight. The cove is packed — it is a summer Sunday, and hundreds of families have come.

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