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November 26, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 26

Dolphins eluded the molesters today in Taiji.

pay to touch a dolphin at the Taiji Whale Museumpay to touch a dolphin at the Taiji Whale MuseumThe dolphin molesters were out in force early this morning and did not have to go far to find victims.  We found ten of their boats lined up in battle formation just off the mouth of the bay, and the other two soon joined them.  They had a pod and we could even see the dolphins as they broke the surface to breathe.   Elora immediately got the word out and people of good heart all over the planet began calling embassies and sending powerful thoughts.

Time and again, the pod would evade the molesters only to be found again.  Either there were two pods or a larger one split, but in any event the molesters divided their forces.  Against all odds though, the dolphins managed to slip past their tormenters and ran for deep water.  The molesters took off in all directions and were soon out of sight.

Japanese taxes at workJapanese taxes at workElora and I left our vantage point to return to the Cove where we found a large number of police officers in residence.  They were taking no chances today with Carrie on the loose.  One has to wonder if this is a good use of Japanese taxpayer’s money for it seems the money would be better spent providing job re-training for the molesters.

We had a long tense wait to see if the molesters would return with dolphins.  Then, far on the horizon, a white dot appeared and it slowly got larger.  It was alone and it was one of the molester boats.  Five of them came into port and then we had to wait because seven were still out there and could trap dolphins.  It took an hour before the last one came into view.  We did not celebrate this victory until it too had entered port.

It starts all over again in the morning as it has each morning since we arrived (except for the break we got during the typhoon).  We will be back home in two weeks.  What does normal look like?  Can life ever be normal again after all we have seen here?  Not only are the oceans dying, but they are being killed.  It is not a passive thing.  We rejoice that this family of dolphins swims freely this night instead of having the internal organs of its members packaged in the Fisherman’s Union (FU) market.  What about tomorrow’s dolphins though?  What about next year?

boiled dolphin organsboiled dolphin organsThank 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 government, 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.  Inform everyone you know about the tragedy here and how it is linked to the captive dolphin trade.  All who patronize a dolphin show have blood on their hands.

The annual IMATA conference begins in Boston on December 3.   The captive dolphin industry is the economic engine driving the slaughter and torment in Taiji.

Carrie and William had to depart this afternoon.  We wish them safe journeys and joyful swimming.

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  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 contributions 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

white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter
white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter
white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter
white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter white boots and their trucks from yesterday's slaughter


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 Martyn, Carolyn, Bob, Mike, Janice, Marley, Tara, Carissa, and Karl have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.
Here is a video about the killings made by a Japanese couple.  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.