Taiji in December 2013

Although the cove was blue on December 1, the fate of dolphins quickly changed the following day.

On Dec. 2, 80 bottle-nose dolphins were herded into the cove and held overnight.  The following day, ten of the 80 were chosen for captivity while the others remained.  By this time, the remaining 70 had endured over 24 hours of being cramped, hungry and undoubtedly stressed.  December 4th, most of the remaining dolphins were brutally slaughtered.  A few were released, but they most likely joined the many who have lost their life this season.  Eightly dolphins, family, who were freely and naturally living their lives completely decimated within 3 days.  Their crime?  Swimming by Taiji.

Photo by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

The hunters wasted no time in finding their next pod.  On December 5, a pod of striped dolphins were slaughtered.  This event was followed by 3 days of a blue cove before another pod of 35-40 striped dolphins were found and slaughtered on December 9.

Photo by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Dolphins had a break for 3 days before horror struck again – Friday the 13th.  Twenty-two Risso’s were slaughtered that horrible day.

The following day, the fisherman were after two separate pods of dolphins.  Thankfully one pod got away, but the second pod wasn’t so lucky.  One bottle-nose was chosen for captivity while the others were slaughtered.

Sunday, December 15 another pod of 30-40 striped dolphins were herded into the cove and slaughtered.

For the next two days, the fisherman thankfully returned empty-handed, followed by another two days of bad weather.  The cove remained blue for four consecutive days.

On December 20, Ric O’Barry is back in Taiji and not happy as the boats go out.

Photo by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

Ten Risso’s were slaughtered.  Boats remained docked the next day, followed by 12 more Risso’s dolphins slaughtered, including juveniles, on December 22.

Photo by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Monday, December 23, the fisherman took four beautiful white-sided dolphins into captivity.

Photo by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Here’s a cool radio show Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project did live from the cove in Taiji. The history of the dolphin captivity issue, Flipper backstory, Blackfish, The Cove, family stuff, etc:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHy0ArMxeYM&feature=youtu.be

Christmas Eve, the ruthless killers tried again but came back empty-handed.  Thankfully they took their holiday break December 25 through the rest of the year.

Please consider stopping by and giving your support and encouragement to the Cove Guardians and Cove Monitors who bravely report the happenings in Taiji.

Also consider helping Kevin Starboard raise funds to answer his calling to venture to Taiji as a Cove Guardian.


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  1. Pingback: #Blackfish | Kids Speak Out Against Dolphin Captivity | #CyberWhaleWarrior

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