zondag, 19 september 2010 00:00

Report from Taiji: September 19

Sea Shepherd observing
the holding pens.

Again for today we have good news to report.  There were no dolphin herded into the cove.  It appears that the dolphin hunters stayed home this day.

A week ago at this time it was a different story.  We arrived in Taiji last Sunday to find some 80 dolphins thrashing about in the small cove.  They were held captive by the nets and the heartlessness of the hunters and trainers.

This morning we went to observe the holding pens in Taiji Harbor.  We came in time to see the captive dolphins being fed dead fish.  Each time dead fish were thrown into a pen, the water erupted.  I wondered if the trainers are withholding food as a way to break the wild dolphins’ spirits and begin their subjugation so that clueless visitors to dolphin shows and swim with dolphin programs can pretend that they are interacting with a magnificent wild creature.

Today was Sunday in a three day holiday weekend.  The weather was sunny and warm.  Several families had their children at the cove enjoying the water and the beautiful surroundings.  We encountered two separate Japanese couples that were on holiday from other areas in the country.  From news reports, both couples had heard of the movie, “The Cove,” but had no idea they were visiting the very place.  One couple was particularly animated in showing us their disgust over the slaughter and expressed their gratitude that Sea Shepherd is on the scene.

We need your help.  Spread the word, send donations, and if you can, come join us.  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.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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


Elora and Dwight swimming to the killing part of the cove.

Sea Shepherd watching the cove.


Elora and Dwight swimming
to the killing part of the cove

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