October 13, 2010
Report from Taiji: October 13
As expected, the dolphin hunters were out at sea this day. There are 12 vessels in their fleet. It was good to see first one and then another return to port empty handed. Four made it in, but another two lingered out near the rocks. We discovered that the other 6 had found dolphins while returning to port. We were able to watch them as they tried to corral the dolphins and move them through the busy shipping lanes. The dolphins evaded the boats and so the 6 turned to port. The 2 that had been lingering to possibly assist in the push, scurried into port. Yet again though, the 6 encountered dolphins and again attempted to corral them. Somehow this group of dolphins also eluded their tormenters and so the 6 returned to port without dolphins. It was a difficult morning, but ended well for the dolphins.
We were waiting in the port when the 6 returned. We had a surprise there this morning when we saw that there are now two coastal whaling vessels in port. A blue hulled one has been here for at least the past 6 weeks, but a silver one arrived in the past day. Is it not enough to kill dolphins that these so-called fishermen must also kill the few remaining coastal whales? We understand the waters around Taiji once teemed with whales and dolphins. Where have they gone? If what they are doing is sound, then why are there so few fish, dolphins, whales, and sharks?
We checked on the dolphins being held in the pens in the harbor. It looks like there are at least 16 still being held there.
This was also the day we had to say good-bye to our fellow Cove Guardians and new friends from England. We will miss you John, Jackie, and Junior. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to read Jackie’s blog. She has an unique perspective and delightful way with words.
Fortunately we are not alone. Cove Guardian Patricia Pyne remains here and a world traveler (and police officer) from Germany has come down from Tokyo to see what is happening here. Welcome Markus. Two members of Save Japan Dolphins are also in town. More Cove Guardians and visitors are expected soon.
Elora and I will be participating in a press conference in Atlanta, GA (USA) via the internet during the International Day of Protest.
You can help. Spread the word, send donations, join in the International Day of Protest (tomorrow) and in the Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day, avoid all travel to Japan except to become a Cove Guardian with us here in Taiji, and ensure that you do everything you can to keep the pressure on the Japanese authorities. It is unfortunate that the reputation of an entire nation is being tarnished by the evil and shameful deeds of a handful of men in Taiji. To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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