Report from Taiji: January 5
Two whaling boats and a dolphin hunting banger boat sit in the Taiji harborSixteen days have come and gone and still the dolphin fishermen remain inactive. The Cove Guardians sat on the Mountain Pass today, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the harbor, and watched the town’s activities play out before us. Private Space was present and accounted for, leaning up against a dead shark body in the slaughterhouse.
We were so happy to find Misty again today after his big move to a new tank, and to see that he seems to be doing better. Many of you, myself included, will be pleased to know that he was allowed to keep his yellow buoy and today he was seen tossing it into the air, trying to entice the other dolphins in the next tank to play. Misty was obviously extremely deprived of activity and social interaction during the weeks he was isolated in a tiny, dirty tank.
Misty’s move and improved condition is a huge step in the right direction. Again, it is proof that people can come together to make change happen. Let’s continue to stand tall together and change the plight of the entire dolphin population at Dolphin Base, and at dolphinariums around the world.
I am still amazed by the amount of people that are following the story of Misty the dolphin. The Cove Guardians have so many people to thank for spreading the word, without certain key people this story would not have had the success that it did. Thank you to the world for visiting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s website to read my daily Cove Guardian updates, reading our blogs, and monitoring our Facebook pages.
Libby watches the fishermen from across the
Taiji harborSpread the word. Raise awareness. Speak out. We have already proven that together, we can make a difference.
Dolphin Base: to call from the United States: 81-0735-59-3514 or e-mail: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,
Misty In His New Tank at Dolphin Base on January 5th
Video credit: Andy Romanowski (1:06)
Cove Guardians William, Libby, Nicole, Simon, Tim, and Andy with Save Japan Dolphins
Nicole, who will be assisting me during the next three months, will share her experiences while in Taiji on her blog.