BREAKING: Massive Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins Captured in Taiji

Taiji, 1-20-17: Rain beat down in the early hours of the morning, and we were hopeful the dolphin hunters would be kept away from the open water – and unsuspecting dolphin pods. We were mistaken.

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Massive pod of bottlenose dolphins flee from hunters, Taiji, Japan
Credit: DolphinProject.com

Taiji, Japan, The Cove, Bottlenose Dolphins, Dolphin Hunting, Captivity, Dolphin Slaughter

Terrified dolphins fleeing from hunters, Taiji, Japan
Credit: DolphinProject.com

Three hours after they left harbor, around 9:50 a.m., 11 banger boats began driving in a massive pod of bottlenose dolphins. It didn’t take long for the mammals to be netted into the cove, and many juveniles and babies were spotted amongst the 250+ group. We suspect the hunters were tipped off, for while visibility was poor, they were able to spot the dolphins, and drive them in with relative ease.

The pod was clearly terrified. Most stayed in a semi-circle and remained like this for hours.

I could see them spy-hopping, dolphins laying backward, dolphins on top of dolphins (layers of dolphins in the cove), babies and juveniles with adults.” ~ Terran Vincent Baylor, Dolphin Project Cove Monitor

Two nets were now in place to prevent the dolphins from escaping. Then, the unthinkable happened: The skiffs left, the coast guard left and, after an hour of waiting for someone to return, we realized the dolphins would be held, suffering, overnight.

Gray is the new green: it’s the color of money in the dolphin slave-trade

Panic. Fear. Injuries. Stress. Shock. Exhaustion. Death = all synonyms for captive dolphin entertainment.

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Dolphin spy-hopping hours after capture, Taiji, Japan
Credit: DolphinProject.com

When hunters and trainers return to the cove (possibly tomorrow, however, we’re not certain as Saturdays are usually a day off), the captive selection process will begin. And each of these beautiful, gray bodies will be slapped with a price tag: upwards of $155K USD for a captive dolphin, and “mere” hundreds for a slaughtered animal. It’s clear that the big bucks are to be made from the dolphin slave-trade. 

Every time someone occupies a seat in a marine park or dolphinarium, this is what they are supporting, this is what they are funding and this is the cruelty they are condoning.

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Terrified pod of bottlenose dolphins left in the cove, overnight. Credit: DolphinProject.com

Related
Breaking: Real-Time Brutality in Cove as Dolphins Held Another Night
Breaking: Terror, Injuries During Day 3 of Captive Selection
Breaking: Taiji’s Vile Abuse of Dolphins – Day 4
Breaking: 99 Hours of Hell

HOW YOU CAN HELP

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL JAPANESE EMBASSY/CONSULATE AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR OUTRAGE AT TAIJI’S DEPLORABLE ABUSE OF DOLPHINS, TAKING PLACE NOW IN THE COVE:

 

PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Shinzo- Abe
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
+81-3-5253-2111

Website: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html
Online comment form #1: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Online comment form #2: https://form.cao.go.jp/kokusai/en_opinion-0001.html

Japanese Embassies Worldwide:
Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions

List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan:
List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan

US Embassy in Japan:
Ambassador of the United States to Japan
Telephone: 011-81-3-3224-5000
Fax: 011-81-3-3505-1862
Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan

Attention all London’ers: Join our massive demo on January 28.
Light Up Taiji, London, 1-28-17

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About Cara Sands

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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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