I’m back! Taiji 2012: Day 3

Today we hit the road at about 10am, we were headed for Taiji!

I don’t have too much to say about our road-trip up here. We took a new route that neither of us had taken before, it looked something like this:

We stopped to say hello at our friends who work the Handmade Cafe! I love this place so much, I wish we could have stayed for lunch. But there was business going down in Taiji and we needed to get there.

We did take the time to stop at my favorite waterfall along that same road, however the waterfall is almost non-existent now. The land slides that took place late last year took out the bridge, the falls, and the small shack that was built on the same patch of land. A road across the water had been completely whipped out as well, as if it was nothing. Water is a very powerful thing.

Our next stop was Taiji… and I don’t know how to describe what it felt like driving back into that disgusting place. It almost felt as though I never left… and I suppose that is because I see this place in my head and in my dreams constantly. It sounds a tad theatrical, but a piece of you is left here once you’ve witnessed the slaughter, and it is hard to get it back.

We spent an hour or so watching Private Space and his lot unload their harpoons and other tools of torture from the boats. The dolphin killers killed at least 4 dolphins today, but that was all the the team saw going up the stairs. For all we know there were many more before that.

It was nice to finally meet the team on the ground here, and I look forward to getting to know them all this week.

Swim Far, Swim Fast, Swim Deep,

Elora Malama

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