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October 28, 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: October 4 - 28, 2013

A single Beluga whale is seen at Dolphin Base, where its pen mate was likely to have died.

October 4th, 2013

October 4th saw the end to fifteen consecutive blue cove days. After a three-and-a-half hour struggle, a pod of 60-70 Pilot whales were successfully netted off into the killing cove. The dolphin killers then held the family of Pilot whales in the tiny killing cove for two days due to adverse weather conditions. The family, mainly consisting of juveniles and babies, fought for two days against the thrashing waves and tide, starved without any food.

October 6th, 2013

On this date, the dolphin killers brutally slaughtered the adult Pilot whales of the pod, cruelly tethering the matriarch’s flukes to the rocks, forcing her to struggle against the rough waters in order not to drown. A disgusting and barbaric display of torture was witnessed on this day. A total of 15 Pilot whales were killed and butchered in a shocking display of inhumanity. The remainder of the pod, consisting mainly of juveniles and babies, were later driven back to sea. One juvenile did not survive the drive and his/her body was dumped at sea; the remainder of the pod was driven out, with most of the Pilot whales not expected to survive without their mother to protect them.

October 7, 2013

On this day, Taiji Town announced it plans to continue the slaughter of dolphins and small whales, whilst simultaneously proceeding to build a new Marine Park to showcase the dolphins and whales which have been selectively stolen and hand-picked from the pods that are slaughtered for human consumption within the town.

October 10, 2013

The bodies of three dead Pilot whales were discovered and documented by Cove Guardians on the shores surrounding Taiji. We believe them to be from the pod of remaining juveniles and babies who were not expected to survive after being driven back out to sea on October 6.

One Pilot whale beached just over the other side of the cove. Upon spotting the body, the dolphin killers arrived in skiffs to tether the dead whale and dragged him/her to the butcher house. After several attempts of trying to drag the dead Pilot whale off the rocks, with the rope snapping from the weight of the whale, the killer managed to drag the whale alongside a killing boat and into the butcher house, accompanied by a very pungent and vile smell emanating from the rotting corpse.

Earlier this year, two Beluga whales were transported live from Vladiostok, Russia to Dolphin Base captive facility, Taiji. Cove Guardians regularly monitor the captive sea pens at Dolphin Base; the dolphin trainers draped black mesh around the perimeter of the Beluga’s pen, in order to obstruct the Cove Guardians from monitoring the Beluga whales.

October 15, 2013

Typhoon Wipha struck Taiji on October 15th, 2013, tearing down the barriers and black mesh surrounding the Beluga’s pen. The Cove Guardians stood fast to heavily monitor the Beluga whale pen, as one Beluga whale was constantly screaming and crying; clearly very distraught and distressed by the affects of the typhoon. The Cove Guardians were only able to visually monitor one lone Beluga whale, who was witnessed continually crying and spy-hopping.

October 27, 2013

Inclement weather and typhoon warnings have resulted in twenty one consecutive blue cove days since the horrific Pilot whale killings.

Since the season began September 1st, there have been twenty days total in which the dolphin killers have left Taiji Harbor in search of dolphins, but returned empty handed; twenty one blue cove days due to weather; and three blue cove days due to festivals and Taiji town clean-up. One has to wonder if the number of “no kill” days is due to Mother Nature or to the depleted numbers of dolphins and small whales due to being pillaged by the killers?

However, the cruelty continues daily in Taiji against these sentient beings, with the family members of those murdered held in captivity and forced to perform.

Right now, we have _fourteen Cove Guardians on the ground in Taiji, but no matter where in the world you may be, here are some ways you can defend Taiji’s dolphins from home:

Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians have recently launched a video contest for supporters and amateur filmmakers alike. “The Cove to Captivity,” is a video contest giving supporters the unique opportunity to create a short three-minute video in English or Japanese that explains and exposes the atrocities committed in Taiji.

Ready, Set, Conservation in Action: Sea Shepherd Launches Taiji Video Contest!

"We think this contest is a great way to engage our supporters around the world. "Not everyone is able to come to Taiji but people still want to defend these imperiled dolphins. This is one way everyone can get involved,” said Senior Cove Guardian Leader, Melissa Sehgal.

Another way to get involved is to please sign and share this TakePart petition to prevent the proposed Marine Park in Taiji from being built.

Swim with Dolphins, Then Eat Them? If Taiji's Horrifying Marine Park Happens, Tourists Could Do Both

Lastly, we will continue to share the cruel captive trade and barbaric slaughter of dolphin families here in Taiji for the world to see. Please follow our live stream direct from Taiji and spread the word. Remember…we will not stop until the slaughter ends.

http://livestream.seashepherd.org

For the dolphins,
Ashley Avci
Cove Guardian