I never know where to start with my blogs on slaughter days… Maybe my introduction is the slideshow. I have no idea what to say. I know what I am thinking, but I’m afraid of what might come out. Then again, my best writing is when I don’t think about it… so here it goes
3:30 am and my dads phone alarm goes off. I had finally fallen asleep around 11:30… I don’t know when my dad got to bed, so you can imagine how tired we were and it’s not like we were getting up to go to Disney land or something. We were out the door by 4:15 and throwing everything into the trunk of the car. It was freezing!! It was not as dark out side as it usually is… there were no clouds so the moonlight lit up the pavement a little. I was so upset while we were driving to the Cove, all I could picture in my mind was that infant dolphin. (We were mistaken in what kind of Dolphins were driven into the Cove, they were not Bottle-nose but Stripped dolphins, they had a Bottle-nose but it was white. These dolphins are a lot smaller than Bottle-nose however, so most I thought were adolescent were full grown. But there is no denying the fact that a three foot long baby was jumping around yesterday, I tried to get it on film but he was too quick).
The Cove this morning was freezing! I realized that I not only forgot my gloves, but my hat, and my warmer shoes (boots). We didn’t expect it to be that cold. Thank god I had a little hand warmer, I kept stuffing it in my shirt or up my sleeves! haha. Around 5:30 the sun started to show… there were still no trainers? Hmm. It was really strange, where they just going to kill? No trainers to pick any out first? It was not looking good…. but then I decided to check out the parking lot, maybe they were hiding in their cars to keep from being talked too. Sure enough, when Rex and I walked up there, this women in a wetsuit was in the parking lot on the phone. She caught one glance of me and she RAN to her car. And then hung up the phone, she went speeding into the tunnel towards Taiji. They were getting into the boats over there!!! I ran down the hill and convinced my dad to go over there. Sure enough, as we pulled up the trainer boat and the fishermen boats where just leaving the harbor. We had just missed them, but still we have proof that the trainers are still involved.
We went up to a street that overlooks that pens and filmed all the boats driving into the Cove. Once they were out of sight and we established that the gutting barge was in place and they fully intended to kill today, we dashed back over to the Cove. From where we were the gutting barge looked like it was in a different location… So once back at the Cove my dad went looking for Ron, I was walking around alone for the first time EVER at the Cove. Filming everything that was going on. One guy from the mayors office walked over and tried to see what I was filming over my shoulder being all secretive… but he breathed too hard so I caught him. It wasn’t as crazy as it’s been, but there were about three film crews and tons of police and coast guard running around.
We grabbed Ron and the three of us and a Camera guy that caught on ran up to Tsunami park (NOT an easy run haha), to the viewing platform… but the trees were in the way. So we decided to go to Rock Trail that we now call Le-Trail.
We spent two hours at the trail… what I saw in those two hours I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Except the dolphin hunters and killers, I wish them a world of hurt. I have been putting off and putting off writing this part of my blog, because I really can’t stand to re-live that right now… but I am going to be watching the video soon enough, so I think that it’s about time I bite the bullet and try to describe the things that I saw.
What CAN I say? I watched boat after boat bring the dead carcasses to the gutting barge. Then drag them up onto the platform… with the fresh blood staining the water red. I saw fishermen waving knifes around, it was obvious what they were doing. What would happen, is a fishermen had these wooden stick like things that must have had metal hooks at the ends… they would cut the slit down the dolphin stomach and then they would use this tool to hold the wound open, making it easy to pull out the guts.
I saw them throwing the smaller/infant dolphins around… because they were lighter, they didn’t need to be dragged around. That was the hardest. It was like it was one of those Salmon at Pike Place Market… being tossed around like a rag doll. THROWING a baby, over its gutted family.
After we decided that the last group had been transfered to a hunter boat heading for the harbor, we all jumped into the car and pulled into the parking lot. Ron and Rex went over towards the slaughter house, my dad and I stayed at the parking lot. They have created this new tarp contraption, it’s like a fort we make when we are kids out of chairs and blankets, except made of tarps. It kept collapsing on them… I got some really good shots of their tarp contraption failing! I noticed out of the corner of my eye a fishermen walking straight towards me… I then realized that I was wearing a windbreaker I borrowed from someone, but it say Crew on it! I don’t think this guy liked the fact that SSCS Crew and “crew” were standing on his dock. I starred right at him and didn’t move my eyes once… he noticed that I wasn’t looking away and literally made a L shape to walk behind my dad. I turned around, crossed my arms, and kept staring… my dad was working with video camera. He didn’t like this either, we had a starring contest for about twenty seconds and then he walked over to his friend on a motorbike. I then heard them saying “American” and pointing to me. Meh, I won a starring contest against a 60 year old man.. hehe. It was nice pissing at least one fishermen off, considering how angry I was from that I had just seen on the gutting barge.
The police soon showed up in the lot and were walking all around, protecting and watching us. I really appreciate this :)
We then went into town because I wanted footage of the packaged meat coming out of the parking lot. There were fishermen wandering around the FU lot carrying their knifes, the police were over there to keep them sane. We were photographing them coming in and out of the slaughter house, from several different places. It wasn’t long until Sour Face found out and then would crack the FU door to take pictures of us. Rex and I had been watching him do this for a while, so we counted to three and faced our camera right at him at the same time. You would have thought we drew down on him or something; this guy flipped out and then went to hide behind his door! It was SO funny. Soon he was cracking the door again then quickly hiding again… one time the door got locked in the open position and this arm with a white sleeve reached out and closed the door.
Rex was sitting under this tree, across the street from the slaughter house. You can see from the picture that this is a really pretty spot they set up this sitting area, but you look over thirty feet and you know the horror that is happening behind closed doors. It’s so strange… sick really.
Well, we went back to the Cove a little later. The gutting barge and the nets were still up. Even though the Cove was empty. They went to do their dirty work, hiding it with all of their man power, before coming back to clean up their mess. Yesterday morning a large family of dolphins were swimming and playing freely. Yesterday mid day they were trapped inside a shallow Cove. This morning the mothers probably fed their young… for the last time. By ten o’clock this morning around 59 lives were lost. Souls were taken elsewhere. Even those of the infants, how can this holocaust be described as anything less than murder?
Right now I am working on uploading everything from today. I am going to make a really short two minute video from today. Kinda like a teaser, please don’t expect any thing else until tomorrow morning my time.
For the Animals,
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