Saturday 6th October
I am sorry for my wobble, it is behind me now. I failed.. I
can't change it, but I can learn from it. And I can remind
myself why I'm here with my husband and the other Guardians...
..not that that is hard as the reminders are everywhere I look. For anyone reading this who thinks sea pens are ok as it's
tidal sea water rather than chemical tanks .... if the
footage Sea Shepherd posted of the pens being smashed by
the typhoon didn't convince you otherwise.... please look at
the picture below taken at Dolphin Base yesterday morning.
The weather hadn't been bad, there had been a swell, but
the ocean hasn't been particularly rough... But it had
still smashed this plank through the jetty to the pens at
Dolphin Base. It was quickly mended before tourists arrived. But not before
As I write this from the harbour in Taiji it is 6am and we are
pretty sure the boats won't go out as they are decorated with
flags for the festival this weekend. The weather is on the hunters side today so phew!! But we will hang round and watch for the next few hours just to
be sure... Ooooops ! The police have just been for a little "chat" with John
as last night a few Guardians went for a drive after dinner
and as we drove away from Taiji John accidentally crossed a stop
line as he approached a red light. He did not go through the
red light. This really angered the police, who are always behind us, and one jumped out of the
patrol car, ran up, banged on our car door and shouted at
John. Really shouted. But they didn't pull him over. Today
the police were much calmer when they spoke to John about
it and John has apologised for his minor traffic violation.
I wonder if the police will apologise for over reacting
and shouting at him last night? The town is preparing for the festivities and the sound
6:56 ... the guys have fixed a waterproof camera to a monopole
and are trying to video the fish along the edge of the harbour
wall... there are shoals of small bright blue fish, I will have
to find out what they're called Fish at harbour
I hate it when boats return to the harbour. There doesn't seem
to be a speed restriction and they motor past the sea pens
where the captured dolphins are held. I've just watched 2 and
the wash against the sea wall where I'm standing was pretty
high... no wonder the the dolphins go berserk when it happens
it must be torture to their sonars.
Looks like those same dolphins are about to be fed .. trainers
have just taken a skiff out to them. Our constant presence must
be annoying to the trainers as they sang in rehearsed chorus,
"Every single day". I smiled to myself and thought "Yes,
every single day while you do what you do". They profess to
love dolphins, but we know if it wasn't for the Cove Guardian
footage their sea pens at Dolphin Base would still be full
of plastic and wood from the typhoon. The "love" they have
doesn't seem to go as far as a duty of care.
If they loved them they would release them ... Simple.
9:30....We have just been relieved by another group of
Cove Guardians so we will go and get some
food shopping done then grab a coffee before returning.
Again I'm sorry for my wobble yesterday. Thank you for all the
messages of support. And I can promise you that it is totally
behind me and I'm ready for my second week here with
For the Oceans!!