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December 13, 2010

Report from Taiji: December 13

The banger boats in harbor due to bad weatherThe banger boats in harbor due to bad weatherIt appears that Mother Nature overheard our last night’s conversation as we sat in the hotel lobby wishing for bad weather, because we awoke this morning to high winds. The flags outside our hotel were practically being ripped off their poles and the gusts of wind made it difficult to walk a straight line. We knew that there was no chance of a hunt today.

Despite the dreadful weather, we headed to the Taiji harbor to make sure the fishermen had not gone out and counted all 12 boats tucked safely into their slips. Some of the hunters stood about their daily campfire, warming their hands, but most were nowhere to be seen. The weather was atrocious and no one in their right mind would have headed out on the water.

We parked on the Mountain Pass and kept an eye on the boats, just in case they decided to try something sneaky. The rains came as we sat overlooking the harbor and by the time we left our post just after 8 a.m., it was raining heavily. We drove the harbor road and counted the banger boats; again, all 12 were docked.

Even now, as I sit here writing, it is pouring outside the hotel window and I am reminded of my home, the rainy Pacific Northwest. As the weather continues to worsen and the holidays approach, I worry about a lack in Cove Guardians. Our numbers are slowly dwindling and it is now more than ever that we are in need of presence at the Cove. The world needs to be continually aware of this issue in Taiji and passionate Sea Shepherd supporters are the perfect catalyst for the rest of the world.

Here is your opportunity to become a Cove Guardian.  To join us in Taiji (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk), write to us at  We will get back to you, but please be patient.  We cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer e-mails at the same time.  Contributions to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome.  These contributions cover the costs for transport, 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.

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 frontlines 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.  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.

For the dolphins,

Libby Katsinis

The Taiji harbor as seen from the Mountain PassThe Taiji harbor as seen from the Mountain Pass Looking towards the Cove with the gutting barge in the foreground.Looking towards the Cove with the gutting barge in the foreground

Nicole, who will be assisting me during the next three months, will share her experiences while in Taiji on her blog.
Scott’s daughter, Elora Malama West, who assisted him, will continue her blog from home.