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Sea Shepherd's Dolphin Defense Campaign in Taiji, Japan

Approximately 20,000 cetaceans, including dolphins, small whales and porpoises, are killed in Japanese waters each year.

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In the small coastal town of Taiji, hundreds to thousands of dolphins and small whales are captured and killed each year during the annual dolphin drive hunt.

For a staggering six months of every year - September 1st until March - a group of dolphin hunters herd wild dolphins from the ocean’s open waters into a hidden shallow bay, now infamously known around the world as the cove.

The hunters capture entire families, or pods, of various species of dolphins at a time in order to satisfy the international demand for captive dolphins in the entertainment industry. Those taken captive are sent to aquariums and marine parks worldwide. The remaining dolphins are killed by a hunting technique known as “pithing,” which leaves the still conscious dolphins paralyzed and often drowning in the blood of their own family members.

In 2010, Sea Shepherd launched its Operation Infinite Patience campaign. Since then, Sea Shepherd has had an ongoing presence of volunteers from around the world who remain on the ground in Taiji, documenting the cove throughout the entire dolphin hunt season.
They are the Cove Guardians.

With your help, we will encourage Japan to end Taiji’s unnecessary hunt and capture of these incredibly intelligent, sentient beings. We are passionate, dedicated and committed to achieving permanent freedom for the dolphins and small whales of Taiji.

This may take time; this may not happen overnight, but this is Operation Infinite Patience. We will not stop until the slaughter ends.

I am a Cove Guardian

Consider applying to be a Cove Guardian and joining our team in Taiji. Send an e-mail to coveguardian@seashepherd.org and request an application.

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