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November 8, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 8 (new video)

Two months down, five more to go. Then there is next season...

Patrol vesselPatrol vesselThere is nothing more the molesters and authorities in Taiji want more than for us to go away. They are just not going to get their wish. It is quite clear that our presence here is causing the authorities to spend more and more money and the molesters are being forced to go to extreme measures in a futile effort to prevent our photography of their shameful deeds. Tension is high.

If they are having this much aggravation with just 15 of us, just think what might happen if 100 of us were here?

In addition to the frustration they are feeling with our presence, is the pressure they are feeling from the constant phone calls, emails, and letters everyone is sending to the Japanese embassies and consulates around the world. Keep it up. Every time dolphins are pushed into the cove, let them have it. Every time there is blood in the water, let them have it. Do not grow weary for you are being heard.

More dolphins pushed into the cove today.

Dolphins in the coveDolphins in the coveYes, even after their greedy haul of two days, the molesters went out in less than perfect weather today. They found dolphins and pushed them into the cove. The dolphins attempted to enter the harbor itself. Perhaps they were responding to the calls from their family members imprisoned there. We estimate the number of dolphins in the cove to be about 50. It is possible that this is same group that had been pushed back two days ago. The way they headed towards the pens in the harbor suggests this. We also noticed that there is a dolphin in this new group who is missing a dorsal fin, just like one in the last group. Perhaps that is common, but the coincidence is interesting. This group fought the molesters and divided several times during their ordeal.

The molesters (we cannot call them fishermen for that would be an insult to real fishermen and we cannot call them hunters, because that too would be an insult to hunters) set about stringing more nets in the hills and covering their gutting barge. There can be no other reason for their actions than them wanting to hide in the shadows just like other low-lifes on this planet. These men and Nets in the woodsNets in the woodswomen give all Japanese a bad reputation.  Why are they tolerated by the good people here?

The nets in the harbor are overflowing with formerly wild and free masters of the seas. The police and molesters are guarding the pens all night long. Because the molesters plan on picking more tomorrow, they moved some dolphins into tanks at the Dolphin Resort Hotel. We caught them at their game and photographed some seriously disturbing sights.

We will be back out there before dawn to document the fate of the dolphins.

You can help. Spread the word, send donations to 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 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

Video from Taiji on November 8th



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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.