World Love for Dolphins Day!!

Hi all!

This year Sea Shepherd USA is doing something a little different. IF you’re as frustrated with Taiji, and the capture and slaughter of the world’s marine cetaceans, as I am – spend a part of your Valentines day protesting at your local Japanese embassy! Information about the event is below. (Click Here) to find an event in your local area.

-Elora Malama

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Via Sea Shepherd USA:

On the heels of the recent global outcry condemning the brutal and inhumane dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is inviting supporters and all concerned individuals to join with us and our Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians in targeted demonstrations on February 14, 2014 against Taiji’s brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins.

On February 14, 2014, Sea Shepherd USA chapters will be leading demonstrations at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates in cities across the country to stand in solidarity with the Cove Guardians in demanding an end to the bloodshed in Taiji. Sea Shepherd invites anyone who cares about dolphins to join us for peaceful “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations on Valentine’s Day to raise our voices for the dolphins. On a day meant to celebrate love, we will show Japan the love felt by the people of the world for dolphins.

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to stand with Sea Shepherd at the Embassy and Consulates of Japan and tell the Japanese government that the world holds dolphins very near and dear to our hearts and we will not tolerate this brutal slaughter by a small group of men who are dishonoring Japan to sell dolphins to the captive industry. We hope that thousands of people will turn out to show their love for dolphins and ask Japan to end the needless killing,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA.

Please find details on how the public can participate in Sea Shepherd’s “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations below:

World Love for Dolphin’s Day

Valentine’s Day Demonstrations Feb 14th, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm ET/PT

Join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society & Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians at the Japanese Embassy and Consulates on Valentine’s Day to honor the dolphins who are brutalized in Taiji’s Cove.

There are two ways to help:

1. Demonstrate at Japanese Embassy & Consulates

Sea Shepherd will be demonstrating outside the following Japanese Consulates and the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC. Join Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians at these locations to remind the Japanese government that the Taiji dolphin drive hunts dishonor Japan. Japan can only begin to restore their honor by ending the horror in the Taiji Cove.

2. Send a Valentine for a Dolphin directly to the Japanese Embassy

Remind the Japanese government that dolphins are loved and revered by millions. Download & print a Valentine for a dolphin here and send it directly to:

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae
C/O The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Sea Shepherd encourages international demonstrations: Sea Shepherd invites our global supporters and dolphin lovers to join in the demonstrations and bring their concern to the doorstep of the Japanese government in cities around the world on the same day. For a list of Japanese embassies and consulates worldwide, please visit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Show your support for the dolphins in Taiji!! Visit Sea Shepherd USA’s website here (click here) to download a poster for the protest and find an event in your local area!!



Last night Stephen Colbert had Jeff Skoll, of Participant Media, as a guest on his show (The Colbert Report). Skoll’s company backed the film The COVE, which sparked a worldwide movement to protect dolphins and whales in Taiji, Japan!

Skoll discussed how the film made a difference. He told a story about media showing up in Taiji, and one time the killing boats did not go out—thus no dolphins were killed. Colbert took it further, probably confused by Skoll’s statement, that the slaughter had ended.

The killing is not over! There was a pod slaughtered YESTERDAY!

Use your media to reach out to the Colbert Report and tell them that the slaughter in Taiji is still occurring! Please be polite, we need allies in this movement.

Link to the interview:

Tweet the ColbertReport and tell them the slaughter in Taiji is still happening! Dolphins were killed YESTERDAY! USE #tweet4taiji

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Facebook Page

Sea Shepherd USA Cove Guardian Daily Reports

-Elora Malama

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A win!

If you saw my recent post about USA Today encouraging tourism in Taiji, Japan, and promoting the town’s whaling history— I had asked you to write to USA Today and explain to them what really happens in Taiji.

However, please note that the article in question was pulled from USA Today’s website. My site had nothing to do with it’s removal, but I want to thank everyone who wrote to the editors when it was first discovered! Due to the public outcry in the last 24 hours the post has been removed. This is a win!

Call to Action! Taiji-Photos-

Hi all,

A friend came across this interesting photo contest, and I thought we should contribute.

Enter November 11 through December 2.
Voting begins December 9.

Contest Information:

“Some pretty amazing memories have been made in our parks over the past 50 years, and we’d love to relive them together.

Send us a photo of your favorite SeaWorld moment, and it could be featured in our online gallery. Together we’ll build a timeline of memories to celebrate the past five decades.”

Below are some photos I plan to contribute. If you don’t have any of your own, please feel free to use mine. Click here to submit photos and see the contest

Captivity Sucks Photo Contest 4

Captivity Sucks Photo Contest 3

Captivity Sucks Photo Contest 2

Captivity Sucks Photo Contest

(Please keep in mind these are very small files compared to the originals, so they will not make good prints. I wanted to make it easy to download and re-upload.)

Obviously none of us will win this. If you do not live in the United States you will not be able to submit photos. However, here is some information you can put in–because it doesn’t really matter if we follow the rules:

You can use your own name and email, or make one up.

U.S Registered Phone Numbers:
Sea World- 888 800 5447
The White House- 202 456 1111

U.S State and Zip Code:
Tallahassee Florida, 32301

Please keep in mind that Bottlenose and Risso Dolphins were killed in Taiji today, and 4 juveniles were loaded onto a skiff (after watching their family go through slaughter) and were dumped at sea. To me, the equivalent of killing a toddler’s parents and placing the child on a crowded highway.

Thank you!!
-Elora Malama West

Video Contest and Puget Sound Octopus!

Hi all!


A few posts back I wrote about the Great Pacific Octopus (GPO) killing that took place here in Seattle, at Alki Cove 2, last October. That killing sparked a lot public pressure, especially among the dive community, onto Washington State Fish and Wildlife.

Fish and Wildlife responded by forming a committee which took comments from the public at local meetings, and online from around the world. The GPO hunting and killing was legal if you had a fishing permit under Washington state.

I am very excited share that the GPO is now protected in 7 major dive sites here in Puget Sound!!!

A new rule that provides additional protection for giant Pacific octopuses will take effect Oct. 6, when the recreational harvest of the species will be prohibited at seven popular scuba diving sites in Puget Sound.

You can read the full statement from Fish and Wildlife here. I want to thank everyone who sent in a public comment. This is a major success! We have managed to protect the largest and longest living octopus in the world, in 7 dive locations of Puget Sound.

Now on to the video contest!

From the Cove to Captivity video contest is all about YOU exposing the link Taiji has with the captive dolphin industry. Videos should be 3 minutes long and will be judged by a panel of professional film makers. The winner will receive a SSCS prize package- including autographed T-Shirts and flags from Cove Guardians.

I’ll let Melissa and Izumi tell you more about it:

Good luck! I really hope everyone interested in using film as a way to raise awareness will put some time into this contest/project.

-Elora Malama