zondag, 03 oktober 2010 00:00

Report from Taiji: October 3

The dolphin hunters stayed in port today.  It was a beautiful windy morning in Taiji and the day concluded with very heavy rain. Another great day in Taiji and we can hope for one just like it tomorrow.

An unknown number of dolphins continue to be held captive in the pens in Taiji Harbor.  Fishermen were out in the heavy rain this afternoon throwing dead fish to them.

Taiji is located in Wakayama Prefecture about a 5-hour drive from Osaka/Kansai airport.  For those of us who do not normally drive on the left side of the road, this is a very interesting trip.

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The Cove is actually Kujirahama Park and is located just north of the town through a tunnel.  It is just up the hill from the Whaling Museum.  The hidden killing cove is the branch to the south and is closer to the ocean.  

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Taiji is near the larger town of Nachi-Katsuura, which is also known as Ki-Katsuura or just Katsuura.  Matt Smith made the round trip walk a couple of times before we arrived.  It takes 2 hours to walk each way.  We have since learned that there is a tour boat which travels from Katsuura to the museum.

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For any who are wondering if their mere presence here in Taiji could make a difference, I say, "Yes, it can make a difference." The police, the fishermen, the locals, and the media all notice who is here (and more importantly who is not here.)  We have been lucky these past 10 days between the weather and unsuccessful dolphin hunting.  During most of this time, my daughter and I have been the only Cove Guardians here.  Everyone knows we are the only ones, yet we have told them that the world is watching and many will come.  Any day now, more dolphins will be herded into the cove, more sent off to a life of captivity, and more killed. Every Cove Guardian standing with us sends a powerful message.  It will be the collective message that brings change, and you can be a part of that change.  

We need your help.  Spread the word, send donations, join in the international day of protest, and avoid all travel to Japan except to become a Cove Guardian with us here in Taiji.  To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to me at  I will get back to you, but please be patient.  I cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer email at the same time.

Click here to learn more about the international day of protest on October 14, 2010.

Follow my daughter’s blog of these events.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Tarah Millen will be joining us here in November.  She has started a blog about her endeavor.

report from taiji
heavy rain in the afternoon
report from taiji
rough waves in the cove
Elora in Taiji
windy morning at the cove October 3

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