November 29, 2011
Operation Infinite Patience: November 22-27, 2011
This week in Taiji was a sad and brutal week. The Cove ran red with the blood of so many innocent and beautiful sentient beings that senselessly and cruelly lost their lives.
On Monday and Wednesday the dolphin killers brutally slaughtered between 20-25 Risso’s dolphins. The pod of Risso’s dolphins killed on the Wednesday fought extremely hard and refused to go into the cove for almost three hours. Time and time again they would dive deep and reappear on the other side of the banger boats and nets. We could see three babies amongst the pod and understood why this particular pod was fighting so hard. These mothers were not just fighting for their lives, but also for the lives of their babies. Eventually the killers tied a net between two banger boats and pulled the dolphins into the Cove. The dolphin trainers from the Dolphin Resort came to the Cove. We initially thought they might have taken some of the baby Risso’s for captivity. After thorough analysis of our video footage, it was determined that no dolphins were captured. This means the ruthless killers also murdered the baby dolphins.
On Tuesday, the dolphin killers drove a pod of 8-9 Striped dolphins into the Cove. From previous experience we know that Striped dolphins are very frightened and skittish dolphins, but seeing these beautiful dolphins jumping and thrashing on the rocks in a desperate attempt to try and escape was heart-breaking. On many occasions while the dolphins were thrashing on the rocks and bleeding profusely, the dolphin killers would just stand and watch and not do anything to help these dolphins. These were truly horrific scenes.
Three days this week the dolphin killers went out returning empty handed. On Sunday they found a pod of between 30-35 Pan tropical Spotted dolphins driving them into the Cove relatively quickly. The dolphin trainers from the Taiji Whale Museum arrived at the Cove selecting two smaller dolphins for a cruel life of captivity. The dolphin killers then brutally killed the rest of the pod. The dolphin killers tried desperately to hide the blood, but the Cove turned bright red from the blood of a whole family of dolphins, including babies, who just a few hours earlier were migrating past these shores.
Cove Guardian Christoph Heylen from Belgium managed to get footage of a dolphin meat buyer busy processing what looked like the dolphin offal and intestines. It is truly sad to think a few hours earlier these dolphins were still alive and swimming and playing in their ocean home.
Veteran Cove Guardian Nicole McLachlan from Australia joined us this week. Cove Guardian Jojo from Germany re-joined us after a few days away. Sadly Thomas Gainard from France had to leave this week. I want to sincerely thank all the Cove Guardians for their tireless dedication.
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