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September 29, 2010

Report from Taiji: September 29 (new video)

The cove September 29
The cove September 29

This morning the hunter boats went out, but luckily they came back empty handed. It was another good day for free dolphins in Taiji.

There have been some interesting things happening here these past few days. Yesterday morning, I had an odd encounter with one of the fishermen. He asked what I had done the night before. He told me I was going to jail and to watch myself. Later, I learned from the authorities that something had happened the night before, but they would not tell me what.

Last night, I became aware of an internet posting regarding a new group calling itself Black Fish who claimed they had cut nets at the holding pens in Taiji thus setting free a number of captive dolphins. This is the first I had ever heard of this group. This news certainly explained the fishermen’s irritation and the cryptic information from the authorities.

Today, I was questioned by the police regarding the incident. I also met with a reporter this evening. Between the police and the reporter I have learned that seven holding pens had nets cut, but that the cuts were not very deep under the water. The result is that the openings in the nets were too small to allow any dolphins to escape. No dolphins were set free as a result of this activity. We now think the dolphin transfer we observed yesterday had been hastily arranged in order to move the dolphins to another location.  watch video

The police and the reporter are speculating that perhaps the person/s who cut the nets had not intended any dolphins to escape. They also speculate that Japanese persons could have done the cutting because no unknown westerners have been noticed in the area.

We need your help now more than ever. Spread the word, send donations, join in the international day of protest, and if at all possible, come join us here in Taiji. To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to me at inform-us@seashepherd.org. I will get back to you, but please be patient. I cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer email at the same time.

The international day of protest is on October 14, 2010. Here is your opportunity to let the Japanese government know how you feel.

Sea Shepherd organized the first couple of these protests and Elora and I participated in one in Seattle a few years ago.

Follow my daughter’s blog of these events.

News of the atrocities being committed by the dolphin hunters in Taiji is spreading further. Truthout.org is now cross posting my daughter’s blog of our experiences here in Taiji.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Tarah Millen will be joining us here in November. She has started a blog about her endeavor.

The cove September 29
The cove September 29
Elora West at the cove
Elora West at the cove

 

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