It is a bloodbath, cruel and barbaric. Each year, the idyllic and peaceful setting
of the village of Taiji in southern Japan is shattered by almost unspeakable
cruelty as incredible pain and ultimate death is inflicted on defenseless dolphins. - Paul Watson
My dad is Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Criminal Investigator. He was sent on campaign to Taiji Japan (September of 2010), where the movie the Cove was filmed. Every year in Japan 23,000 dolphins were killed, until populations could no longer sustain those numbers. Now they kill in the hundreds. My dad asked if I wanted to come along on this campaign and document the slaughter with him. I created my High School senior project based on my experiences there. This was back when I was sixteen (2010).
If you don’t know about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, I encourage you to watch the movie The Cove, read the Cove Guardian updates on the SSCS website, read my posts from Taiji, and visit the many websites and blogs dedicated to raising awareness about this issue. We need to end this.
The dolphin slaughter in Taiji is the most horrific sight I have ever seen. Thousands upon thousands of dolphins have lost their lives in Taiji, Japan. Every day from September to March the hunting boats go out in search of dolphins on the ancient migratory routes. Using metal poles they create an underwater wall of sound that drives the dolphin and small whale pods closer to shore. From there, they are chased into a small killing cove, hidden from the public eye, and chosen for captivity (see captivity page) or for slaughter.
Dolphins and Whales are some of the most intelligent species on this planet. They are self aware, they have families that they travel with life long, they nurse their young, and they have learned to understand us… but we cannot understand them.
Please see the video below high-lighting some of our many global Cove Guardians.