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November 17, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 17

The molesters took their boats out again today, and again they returned without dolphins. It turned out to be another good day in Taiji.

stone dolphinstone dolphin (click to enlarge)The molesters must have been frustrated yesterday when they were unable to shed dolphin blood so they came to the Cove at some point and destroyed the stone dolphin.  The stone dolphin was rebuilt this morning.

Some folks have told us that the way we treat the “poor fishermen” when we barrage them with questions and take their photographs is unkind and will “set back the dolphin movement.” This is because, so they say, we will be seen as the aggressors when what these so-called men are doing is legal in Japan. What a load of crap! The truth is that the dolphin molesters of Taiji have known for years that what they do is seen as despicable, legal or not, by most of the civilized world. It is the very “legality” of it that brings shame to the nation of Japan.

In the past, it is these same “fishermen” who are caught on camera attacking those who oppose their deeds. Now we are to feel sorry for them? I pity them, but I do not feel sorry for them. Perhaps some folks who see us doing this will feel sorry for them. If that is the case, then those viewers are just looking for a nice sand pile into which they can shove their heads. Any caring person would marvel at our restraint.

As for setting the movement back, despite all of the efforts to date, the dolphin molesters of Taiji kept going out in their boats to harasses, capture, and slaughter dolphins as though there were no dolphin movement. Now they have to deal with a daily presence, daily cameras, and daily world condemnation. The pressure is having an impact on them and on the government. I encourage and support anyone who wants to help end the dolphin hunt in Taiji. Sea Shepherd is doing it this way. If you have a better way, then by all means do it.

 Don’t forget the annual IMATA conference in Boston is in just a couple of weeks. I am sure they will be glad to see you and it will be a great opportunity to meet dolphin molesters in person.

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. Not only do the molesters want to hide from us, but so to does the government.

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. Contributions to Sea Shepherd to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. I am the current official Sea Shepherd representative and will be replaced when I leave on December 9, 2010.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

stone dolphinstone dolphin

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 Big Gunns, Tarah, and Libby are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians Carolyn, Steven, Bob, Mike, Janice, Marley, and Carrie and William have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.