October 3, 2011
Operation Infinite Patience Week 3
Good news from Taiji, the dolphins are safe…for now!
Report by Cove Guardians Leader Rosie Kunneke
The dolphins passing by Japan's coast had a very hard and tiring Sunday, battling it out with the killers of Taiji, but eventually coming out victorious! The entire fleet of banger boats, 12 in total, left the harbor early in the morning to hunt for dolphins. Around 7:45 a.m., we saw five of the boats on the horizon starting to form their drive formation. Puffs of black smoke could be seen which is normally indicates that they have spotted a pod of dolphins and are chasing after them. The five killer boats chased the dolphins for approximately an hour, when we noticed the other seven boats racing towards them from the south for additional support.
For the next five hours, we watched the 12 banger boats slowly driving the pod from far out in the North Pacific Ocean towards the shores of Taiji. They managed to drive the pod really close to the entrance of the harbor. This is where we suspect the busy shipping lanes lent a hand in favor of the dolphins. The banger boats desperately searched for the dolphins in a scattered formation after each ship passed through for the following two hours. We were really worried the dolphins might become extremely exhausted, which would normally favor the killers, but these dolphins kept fighting and eventually escaped. It was such a relief to know that pod of dolphins are still alive and swimming in the seas!
The rest of the week turned out to be good for the dolphins as well, the the hunters returning emptyhanded on four more days. They remained in the harbor the other two days to bad weather.
The police deployed two extra police officers to follow the Cove Guardians closely and watch our every move while at the Dolphin Resort. They constantly try to deter us from taking photos. However, as this resort is a public place with many other tourists taking photos as well, the police find it impossible to stay impartial as they do not want to dismay the the tourists from taking photos resulting in lower revenue for the resort’s swim with the dolphins programs.
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