Saturday, 29 September 2012

2012, First Day and First Slaughter.

First Day and First Slaughter.
29th September

John & I should have arrived in Taiji yesterday lunch time, but we had a journey thwart with mishaps …  although worse than any of the travel problems we were having was the frustration we felt because we were not in Taiji standing with the other Cove Guardians as a pod of about 30 pilot whales were driven into the cove. The poor whales were so frightened they smashed themselves against rocks and tried to beach …. If you haven’t seen the footage please check the official facebook page 

We arrived at the hotel at 11pm as a few of the Guardians were heading back to the cove to check on the pod. We exchanged a rushed hello, goodnight till we saw them again this morning….
By the time John and I arrived at the cove the dolphin hunters were already preparing for the slaughter.

They split the pod….. the police told me they were intending to release the younger ones, to drive them back out to sea … I don’t know if the police thought that news would please us? If they did then they really don’t understand why we are here.

Time after time the waters in the cove turned red, there didn’t seem to be any attempt to hide the blood. Then the skiffs would transport the slaughtered pilot whales, several bodies at a time, dragged by their tails, to the waiting banger boats that transported them to butcher house.

A break for lunch .. then more slaughter … about 20 in total. We can make a good estimation from the number of ropes tied to each skiff.

And then the younger pod members (looking at the size of the fins I think what the police told us was correct), scared, hungry and exhausted, without their parents and grandparents to look after them and lead them, were driven back into the ocean.  We watched for a long time after the  banger boats left them….., we watched the youngsters turn and head back to Taiji for a while …then they turned again and headed out to sea….  

The meal we shared tonight with the other Guardians was filled with long silences. Many said that is two days was the worst they had endured here.

A typhoon is expected tomorrow.. as we walked back to the hotel we could see people preparing for it. The boats in the harbour are prepared for it ….  But nobody will prepare the dolphins in the sea pens, or think to release them …we expect they will be left to their fate.
I will never, ever, understand how this town can say it loves dolphins. Murder and abuse isn’t love.


  1. Thank you for being there for the Dolphins + Small Whales guys, We're behind you and supporting you 110%

  2. Thank you for representing so many of us by being there. You have our wholehearted support.

  3. Your bravery in making yourselves watch & record this horror is truly humbling. People like you are the only ones making the world aware - please accept my thanks & if you ever need a bed in Shropshire, my house is open to you.

  4. I, too, am humbled by your bravery and determination.
    If you ever find yourselves in my little piece of Lancashire, the door is open and the kettle is on!