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The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.
This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained film and photographs of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in a village called Taiji. Starting in 2010 and continuing to this day, Sea Shepherd has a ongoing presence of volunteers standing watch on site at the Cove. They are The Cove Guardians.
With your help, we will continue to pressure Japan to end this cruel and destructive slaughter of dolphins. Because we are passionate, dedicated, and committed it may take time, but determination will win the day eventually for the dolphins at Taiji. We invite you to explore this site and support our efforts!
For field reports directly from our Cove Guardians in Taiji, Japan, visit our
Cove Guardian Reports page.
German National Released from Shingu Jail - After his family paid a fine and the cost to repair the broken statue, Nils Greskewitz was released today from the jail in Shingu, Japan. He collected his personal possessions and headed for the airport to return home. Nils had been in Taiji, Japan as a volunteer with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Cove Guardian campaign....read more
The Dolphins Need Your Help! - Once again the police in Wakayama Prefecture have shown us that we are being effective in Operation Infinite Patience. They police have raided the hotel rooms of all Cove Guardians in Japan and have seized SD cards, telephones, and computers. The police say it will be at least two weeks before the items will be returned....read more
Update on Six Dolphins Shipped on Monday From Taiji - Since breaking the news on October 9th of the purchase and transfer of six dolphins caught in Taiji’s Cove, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been receiving unconfirmed reports on the whereabouts of the six bottlenose dolphins taken from the Cove and placed in airline transport containers for shipping....read more
German National arrested in Taiji - Police in Taiji, Japan arrested a 26-year-old German national, Nils Greskewitz, on Monday, October 8, 2012. Nils was climbing on a statue of a harpooner at the whale museum park in Taiji. While he had no intention of causing any harm, the statue was damaged by his activity....read more