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November 24, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 24

The Taiji dolphin molesters killed four dolphins today.

AlivealiveThe molesters tormented a couple of pods today.  They managed to drive a group of four into the killing cove.  These four dolphins put up a valiant fight, but were finally defeated.  The molesters wasted no time in paralyzing them.  They then dragged them by their tails directly to the butcher house in Taiji town.  Usually, the molesters gut the dolphins on a barge anchored outside of the cove, but today they bypassed the gutting barge.  The dolphins most likely drowned on the way there.

The molesters continue to improve their concealment tactics, but the dolphins always speak from the grave.  We all know what is happening to them and no amount of hiding can keep the molesters from bringing constant shame onto the nation of Japan.

The Taiji dolphin molesters are getting ever more frustrated by our presence here.  We will not go away and they cannot hide.  The calls and letters to the embassies are increasing the pressure.  One can feel the tension in the air.  The police and coast guard were again out in force today.  White booted dolphin molesters were crawling all over as well.  They took a particular interest in the hydrophone I deployed.  The police warned me that if I were to use anything that transmitted sound into the water, I would be charged (and arrested) for interfering with business.  This is a serious offense in Japan.   Listen to what dolphins hear when the molesters are about:

sounds from the hydrophone

Thank you to the citizens of Japan who are weighing these issues and beginning to take a stand to solve them.  Thank you to everyone who is on the front lines of this war.  This is a war to save ourselves from ourselves.  Without your calling and writing Japanese embassies and your own governments, there will be no change.  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 too does their government.

There is a new torment being constructed for dolphins captured in Taiji.  It is another dolphin themed hotel.  The annual IMATA conference begins in Boston on December 3.

Here is your opportunity to become a Cove Guardian.  To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to us at coveguardian@seashepherd.org.  We will get back to you, but please be patient.  We 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.  These donations cover the costs for transportation, telephone, equipment, supplies, food, and lodging for the official Sea Shepherd representative.  We will remain here through the end of March, and will return for the next season in September 2011.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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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 Carrie and William and Steven are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians Carolyn, Bob, Mike, Janice, Marley, Tara, and Carissa have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.
Here is a video worth viewing. There is a Japanese version and one with English sub-titles.

Legal Dictionary
Main Entry: mo·lest
Pronunciation: m&-'lest
Function: transitive verb
1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute esp. with hostile intent or injurious effect
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

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