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January 30, 2011

Report from Taiji: January 30

A captive is taken via skiff to the harbor pens. Credit: Jared HarrisA captive is taken via skiff to the harbor pens.
Credit: Jared Harris
As I type this, Cove Guardians Nicole and Andy are on the road following a truck containing three captive dolphins that were loaded this morning from the Taiji harbor pens. While the trainers from Dolphin Base were packing these terrified creatures into small wooden dolphin coffins, the dolphin killers performed an off-shore capture and two Pacific white-sided dolphins were snatched out of the sea to replace the others in the harbor pens.

Although there was no slaughter today, two beings had their lives torn away from them and three more are in a sedated nightmare, stuffed in a tiny box and covered in ice. How exactly is this humane? Personally, I would rather die than be forced into a life of humiliated slavery at the hands of another species. Anyone who thinks that the captive industry isn’t the driving force behind the Taiji dolphin slaughter is clearly not seeing with eyes wide open. Thousands of Japanese tax dollars were spent today so this little town that isn’t even on the map could capture two dolphins. Two dolphins. Yet they sold three and made their money back and then some.

It will be interesting to see what Nicole and Andy discover on this journey of theirs; this journey forced upon the dolphins in the wooden boxes. You, the reader, will be the first to know how this plays out because you are a part of the key to stopping this. Speak out against this atrocity; human beings have no right to treat dolphins, or any creature, in this manner.

Cove Guardians Libby and Jared overlook the Taiji harbor from Mountain PassCove Guardians Libby and Jared overlook the Taiji harbor from Mountain PassSpread the word. Raise awareness. Speak out.

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

A Coast Guard official hides his face. Credit: Nao IidaA Coast Guard official hides his face.
Credit: Nao Iida

Nicole, who will be assisting me during my time in Taiji, will share her experiences on her blog.