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November 6, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 6 (new video)

Captivity, Slaughter, and Release

floating dolphinsfloating dolphinsHere are the numbers as best we can tell.  There were about 140 dolphins pushed into the cove by the molesters on November 4. On November 5, 36 were confined in pens in Taiji harbor and a juvenile was sent to the Taiji Whale Museum.  On November 6, another 14 were confined in the pens, 2 were put on trucks and taken to the Whale Museum, and another 3 juveniles were taken to the Whale Musuem. Also on this day, 24 to 30 were slaughtered and the remaining were driven back out to sea. Recap:  Approximately 140 taken prisoner; 56 consigned to slavery, 24 to 30 slaughtered, and about 54 released.  This means that fewer than 40% of this thriving complex family unit survived their encounter with the Taiji dolphin molesters.

The molesters had to add make shift pens in order to contain their haul. There are 50 additional valuable dolphins awaiting transfer in those pens. They must be singing and dancing about how wealthy they are now!

There are several photos and videos of the slayers at work. You can see for yourself how their claims of reverence are completely without merit. These men and women have no care for the creatures or their lives. Dolphins are mere commodities to them. Perhaps it would be better to say that their greed combined with mercury poisoning guide their souls.

Dolphins butchered on the gutting barge on November 6th

WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE

 

Dolphin butchers eating lunch on the gutting barge on November 6th

 

The dolphin molesters have found their trade to be quite profitable. It is time though for them to realize that to continue in this insanity is akin to kissing one’s sister. There is no future in it.

Stone walls and swims….

The morning started out very early and one dolphin molester discovered that Cove Guardian Rex is made of stone. This dolphin molesting SOB was blocking the steps in an attempt to keep the Cove Guardians from ascending a hill that happens to have a good vantage point. It was pitch black. When Rex decided to ignore the guy, the molester pushed Rex. Have you ever tried to push a wall? The molester rebounded backwards and ended up on his arse with his feet flailing in the air. Immediately, he was on his phone frantically calling for help. Rex also had help arrive on the scene and we called the police. The molester told the police that it was only a shoulder bump and not an assault.  We wanted the molester arrested and charged, but it is clear that was not going to happen.  I wonder what would have happened if the roles were reversed. Silly question.

We have made it very clear to the authorities that we will not initiate a physical altercation, but if attacked we will respond appropriately and defend ourselves. Within Japanese law, one has a right to defend oneself. I have promised to obey Japanese law.

after Luana's swimafter Luana's swimLater in the day I arrived at the cove.  (I had been working from a different vantage point.) I discovered that Cove Guardian Tarah had decided to take a swim in the cove so she could film the dolphins from underwater. She knew not to cross the net.  The police were quite animated. While everyone was focused on this little stand off, Cove Guardian Luana apparently had had enough and jumped in. She was halfway to the net before anyone realized what she had done. Suddenly Tarah joined her and the two women swam about. The video from Tarah’s camera did not pick up dolphin images underwater, but it did record their voices.  This is a must see/hear video clip.

There was a lot of blustering and questioning when the two women emerged from the water. Luana, her husband David, and their two boys (aged 1 and 2) joined us on the evening of the fourth.

In the end, the molesters did what they did. The important thing is that they did it under scrutiny. They have gone to great lengths in an attempt to keep our cameras from recording their shameful deeds. They can no longer hide or operate with impunity. We wonder how much it costs the government to fund the police and coast guard response to our presence. We wonder how important Japan’s reputation is to its government. The dolphin molesting men and women in Taiji constantly cause shame. Is this sustainable or is there a better way forward for Taiji and Japan? Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians are not leaving. Quite the contrary as our numbers are increasing. More and more future Cove Guardians are announcing their plans to join us this year and next.

Tomorrow, Taiji celebrates its annual whaling festival. Guess who will be joining them?  It looks like 15 or so Cove Guardians will be taking in the “cultural” sights. It was truly surreal today. I was operating from a vantage point where I could see the gutting barge, the holding pens, and the butcher house. The main stage for the festival was in the picture too. There were song and dance rehearsals going on while we were filming the horror. There was this soundtrack emanating from the loudspeakers while lives were being lost or otherwise destroyed.

You can help.  Spread the word, send donations to the Sea Shepherd to help fund the Cove Guardian campaign, avoid all travel to Japan except to become a Cove Guardian with us here in Taiji, make good consumer choices regarding whether or not to purchase Japanese products, and ensure that you do everything you can to keep the pressure on the Japanese authorities and your own governments. It is unfortunate that the reputation of an entire nation is being tarnished by the evil and shameful deeds of a handful of men and women 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.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

PHOTOS
(click to view larger)

bloody fin dolphin on truck dolphin without blood
butcher girls barge in the distance barge 3 adult 1 juvenile
dolphin in pen after Tarah's swim cove parking lot
Cove Guardians are everywhere Elora posting an update bloody cove

 

the killing barge
the killing barge
the killing barge
the killing barge

 

The Blog Log:
My daughter, Elora Malama West, has been with me here since day one and keeps a blog of her experiences.
Current Cove Guardians Rex Ray, Tarah, and Rosie and Dinielle are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians CarolynStevenBob and Carrie and William have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.