The killing continued in Taiji on Sunday as a family of 6 Risso’s dolphins were brutally slaughtered. Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians reported their screaming and tail thrashing in the final moments while the murderers laughed. Heartless killers!
Thankfully, due to bad weather, the fisherman remained docked on Monday and the dolphins swam free. However, the cove guardians ran across this dead baby Risso’s Monday morning, thought to have been one of those “released” on the 20th. This is a reminder that these babies are likely not to survive without their mothers.
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project also reported that a bottle nose dolphin previously chosen for captivity did not survive and was removed from the sea pen.
Tuesday the cove remained blue again as killers in three skiffs moved a mysterious sea pen was moved to the same bay as dolphin base, but away from the other pens.
Wednesday, the killing returned. Seven bottle-nose dolphins were taken into captivity, three of them taken straight to Dolphin Base. Another 3-4 were slaughtered.
Thursday, as Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, the Taiji fisherman took freedom away from a family of Risso’s dolphins. One was chosen for captivity while the remaining 3-4 were slaughtered again.
Yesterday another pod of 24-25 Risso’s were quickly herded into the cove. The killers wasted no time in taking the lives of 17 of the larger ones and releasing those they deemed too small.
Photo by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians
In one week, approximately 30 animals have lost their lives, mostly Risso’s, and the season is not even halfway over yet.
Thankfully this morning the fisherman returned empty-handed.