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Today was a Blue Cove Day, and I am so very glad the dolphins got a break. The past two days have been brutal, here in Taiji. On January 20th, 2015, the banger boats went out early in the morning and almost immediately, found a pod – a beautiful, fighting pod. For almost four hours, the boats scrambled, drove back and forth, and yet, five pod members were driven into the killing cove. From what I
could see, most of the pod were able to escape, but the ones that were captured had white markings on their skin, meaning they were elderly Rissos dolphins. It was heartbreaking to see how they were pushed into the shore, and under the tarps, their lives brutally ended. One of the dolphins was able to stay on the other side of the nets, only to be terrorized by the skiffs’ motors and ultimately pushed back into the cove.
The fear these sentient beings must have felt cannot adequately be put into words. Through the tarps, I could see one of them struggling as it watched the hunters kill its family. Sadly, it met the same fate, as another life was senselessly lost.
January 21st, 2015: Another terrible day. The boats went out early again and by 7:45 a.m. were already chasing a pod. This pod wasn’t able to fight nearly as hard as the Rissos and was driven into the killing cove after two hours. These were bottlenose dolphins – about 15 or 16 animals – the same species made famous by Flipper. Bottlenose are the most sought-out dolphins because of their popularity, so the hunters knew they scored a big payday.
This is why we must SHARE and EDUCATE regarding the truth surrounding dolphins in captivity, and the devastation it causes, not only to captive animals, but also to the surviving pod members. In the wild, dolphins can swim up to 100 miles per day. Yet these victim dolphins will forever be subject to a life swimming in endless circles, kept “obedient” through starvation techniques and other similarly abusive actions. Most dolphins do not survive the first, few weeks of captivity. Many refuse to eat dead fish and must be given high doses of medication in order that they be able to cope in their new, alien environments. When people buy tickets to dolphin shows, they are supporting and endorsing these horrors. The hunters of Taiji are funded by the captivity industry. A dolphin for meat sells for about $500 – $600, but a trained, captive dolphin is worth about $150K. This “blood money” is what funds hunters.