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November 18, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 18 (new video)

The molesters wiped out another family today.


blood at the bargeblood at the bargeWe learned that Japanese embassies and consulates around the world are now simply hanging up on anyone who does not speak Japanese. The pressure is getting to them.  Without those calls, emails, letters, and faxes it would not matter what we did on the ground here. The heroes in this battle are those of you who do not give up and keep sending the message to the Japanese government, your own government, and Japanese corporations.

This was a particularly grim day in Taiji. A very brave pod of 40 to 50 dolphins fought hard to avoid the Cove and save their lives. It was torturous to watch. They would break for freedom, only to be ensnared again. Finally, they were confined in the Cove and of course the trainer molesters came. They took nine, including some babies, away to the Taiji Whale Museum.

We saw something today we had not seen before: two dolphins were brought out from the Taiji Whale Museum and taken (alive) onto the gutting barge. There was a lot of noise on board the barge as these dolphins flailed about, but they were soon stilled by the gutter’s knife. We can only suspect that these two were unhealthy, troublesome, or no longer needed.

The Taiji dolphin molesters have gotten very creative with their attempts to hide their shameful deeds. They have even altered some tactics. They hurriedly drive spikes into the dolphins’ spine and plug the hole with wood to reduce blood loss. We know that this method often does not kill the dolphins, but leaves them paralyzed and still able to see and hear. We suspected most drowned while being towed by their tails out to the gutting barge. In today’s killing though, many were carried out to the gutting barge under tarps inside skiffs. We saw live dolphins on the gutting barge.

We hear stories that these so-called men are proud of what they do and honor their ancestors who took to small boats to tackle large whales hundreds of years ago. There is no honor in what happens here with dolphins. Perhaps the ancestors too would be ashamed of their descendants for this senseless and wanton slaughter.

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. Make good consumer choices. Not only do the molesters want to hide from us, but so to does their 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 e-mail 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 here through December 9, 2010. We do have someone on the way to replace me, but we will wait until that person is secured before we make an introduction.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Dolphins herded to slaughter on November 18th

Video credit: Sea Shepherd (1:51)

Dolphins brought to the butcher house on November 18th

Video credit: Sea Shepherd (:43)

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