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Cove Guardian Reports

Read updates below from our Sea Shepherd representatives - the Cove Guardians - who stand watch over the dolphins.

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March 6, 2014

Operation Infinite Patience: February 20, 2014 - March 4, 2014

Overall, the month of February has been a positive month for the dolphins with only two slaughters. For several days, the attempts of the killers were plagued by rough seas and ocean storms, severely impacting their ability to search for wild dolphins. Cove Guardians meticulously monitor the banger boats at sea and it is a comfort to see the killers struggle in their search of dolphins due to poor weather. Unfortunately, on February 20, 2014, the dolphin killers located a massive pod of Striped Dolphins whilst they were returning to the harbor. The dol ... Read More

February 22, 2014

Operation Infinite Patience: January 29th - February 18th, 2014

January 29, 2014 On January 29, four Pantropical spotted dolphins were transported out of Taiji. About 11:00am, the killers and trainers were observed by Cove Guardians as they transferred four Pantropical Spotted Dolphins by skiff across the harbor. Each dolphin was contained in a tight sling strung over the side of the skiff as it completed a slow transit over the harbor toward a truck parked at the Fishermen’s Union. Each sling was carried onto the truck as the killers struggled to handle each 120kg (265 lb) dolphin. This process ... Read More

January 21, 2014

Operation Infinite Patience: January 5th - 14th, 2014

It has been a blood bath in Taiji this week - within 9 days, approximately 176 dolphins were viciously murdered for human consumption, and 24 dolphins were taken captive for a life of imprisonment. During this first week of 2014, we have had a total of 18 Cove Guardians from 8 different countries on the ground in Taiji to document the atrocities. We have improved our Live Stream capabilities with new HD cameras and additions to our website We continue to be a strong presence here in Taiji. January 5, 2014 A family o ... Read More

January 2, 2014

Operation Infinite Patience: November 23 - December 4, 2013

The atrocities committed against the dolphins of Taiji have only continued to grow throughout the current season. Again and again the killers, who claim tradition for their barbaric actions, have proven that they are involved in the slaughter for greed, not for cultural legacy. On November 23, the killers were thirsty for blood as they drove a pod of 30-40 Striped dolphins for over three hours into the hellish cove. As the pod was netted off and driven further towards the killing shore, members of the pod sensed their imminent doom and began to throw t ... Read More

December 9, 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: November 8 - 20, 2013

November 8, 2013 We had a record-breaking 29 days of “Blue Cove” — nearly a month without kidnapping, murdering and butchering of dolphins or small whales in the killing cove of Taiji — but on this morning, it all came to a bloody end. Like a bad dream that will just never end, this drive lasted more than six hours. A pod of nine Risso’s dolphins was discovered North of Taiji, just below the horizon, as the killers were desperate to end their many failed attempts to find dolphins. These Risso’s fought and struggled f ... Read More