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Sometimes NO news, is GOOD news…

Hi everyone! Today was another great day for dolphins! We drove to the cove, and none were visibly being herded in. After we waited for a little while, we drove over to where the fishermen’s “banging” boats are, They were gone. The fishermen did go out trying to find dolphin. We wanted a better view of the horizon so we drove up a giant hill, to a park that had an amazing view of everything from the white building of the Cove, to the horizon. I took soo many pictures! You can see them under the page I have titled “Taiji and Cove”. It was very beautiful! However, we couldn’t make out what boats were on the horizon, so we decided to go back to the Cove to see what was going on. When we arrived, everything was so still. It was a good time for breakfast, and we knew we could actually eat knowing that there were no dolphins in the Cove, yet.

I was/am feeling very nauseous today. I have a lot of allergy problems, and the new environment is getting to me. That or I am coming down with a slight stomach flu bug. I hope it’s just an allergy thing, that will eventually pass, there is nothing worse than the flu! I am also very home sick! I miss my pets, and my family… and my friends! Soo much! I know I’ve only been gone a week, but I started to think about how long I will be here and I do miss my life back home. But I have to say I am proud and happy being here and doing what it is I am doing. I feel like I have a moral responsiblity to the people in my generation to show that no matter our age, we can all do something very important. I’m living proof of that and so are thousands of other teens, kids and young adults who have stepped up and done the same thing.

It’s pouring! I mean RAINING! I don’t even think the term “cats and dogs” works here, more like “tigers and bears”! I would imagine it’s been the hardest rain in a while, considering locals told us that is hadn’t rained in weeks when it was drizzling Monday morning. Still no dolphins at the Cove. We plan on getting some dinner soon…I am posting a video of the beautiful waterfall in Nachi. Hope it’s a nice relief to go with the good news!

Thanks for the support! I’m so happy there is nothing to say! It means that the dolphins are safe for another day.

For the Animals,

Elora Malama

16 thoughts on “Sometimes NO news, is GOOD news…”

  1. Feel better. It is nice that it is raining and you can re-charge. We all miss you too! love you bunches!!

  2. Thank you so much for all that you are doing for the dolphins. I pray everyday that they will be okay and not suffer. I am posting your blog on my FB page. All of my friends are activists who will be very grateful to see the work that you are doing. October 14th there will be an International Day of Protest of Japan Dolphins and Whales. We here in Miami will be protesting on the steps of the Japanese embassy. We have flooded the phone lines with calls to stop the slaughter (particularly on the day when the 80 were captive.) There are many other cities doing this protest and anyone can start one in their city. Much thanks to you and your Dad for your bravery and commitment. I wish that I could be there with you.

  3. I just want to thank you for taking the time to help protect the dolphins. I have two girls and am trying to instill the same values into them; to protect the creatures and environment of this world.

  4. Elora – Good Morning from So California…..keep you head up high…feel better…stay positive…Wish I could be there with you just like the other bunch of people….

  5. Elora,

    Hope you get to feeling better soon. You are really a diamond in the rough. Thank you for the video of this beautiful waterfall.

    Take care of yourself and your father. Mum- here’s a big hug for you while you hold down the fort at home. Bless your entire family for your sacrifices in the name of peace, and the dolphins.

    PS. FYI- I found a link to your blog from a (I’ve been told) Japanese pro-whaler on Twitter. https://twitter.com/kiuchi_minoru posted on 3:46 AM Sep 13th via web (that particular post is mostly in Japanese, and from the poor Google Translation, mentions your post @ someone offering you marriage.)

    Some days ago, he said he wanted to bridge the gap between pro/anti whaling. Perhaps that is true, but so far the conversations we’ve had is more trying to convince me it is ok for what’s happening in Taiji. But he has been very cordial.

  6. You don’t think they’ve just moved their operation to another area? With all the publicity The Cove has gotten and how “important” doing this is to them I don’t see it stopping so easily. Why not just move it? You’ve mentioned the boats have been out but have brought nothing back, how often does that usually happen in one of their seasons? Just some questions on my mind and I don’t even know if you have the answers or even if your Dad does.

  7. Thanks for keeping us updated and so great to hear that today nothing happened.
    Get well again soon, Elora!
    All my thoughts are with you guys, every day.

  8. Elora – We’ve been reading your blog and are really proud of you!! Aidan watched Whale Wars with us and I think I convinced him that Uncle Scott really is a pirate. Now I can tell him you are too 🙂 We’re all thinking about you and sending you a big hug. Feel better soon!

  9. Seriously, you are my hero.
    Thank you for being at Taiji protecting the dolphins. It really is true that only a handful of people can make a difference, and you are prooving that.
    Good luck, be safe and keep on inspiring the rest of the world.

    Greetings from Belgium.

  10. Thank you for the update. I’m following from the comforts of my home in North Carolina. I appreciate all you’re doing.

  11. you are an amazing young woman that is doing something most people wouldn’t dream of your fighting for what you believe in
    thank you so much for standing up for the dolphins please keep us updated with whats going on over and be safe.

  12. My prayers are with you and your Dad and all those who are at the fore-front of the atrosicties that are inflicted on God’s beautiful creatures. I have sent a link of your blog to my son-in-law who is a teacher at a middle school. He has recently watched The Cove and I know will share your blog with his students. You rock Elora!

  13. hope you are feeling better soon, i say a prayer every day for the dolphins and to give you guys strength to protect them. your very brave and again i thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there. god bless you.

  14. Hi Elora,

    First, I really hope that you will feel much better very soon! I know it is no fun coming down with allergy-related problems or the stomach flu. You and I are both definitely in the same boat in regards to allergies, and I can really appreciate how you would feel after being in a new environment for about a week.

    I do thank you so much for responding to my previous post regarding the possibility of my coming out to Taiji. Very unfortunately, I do not know anybody that can go with me. Money is a little bit of a concern, but if it is not too expensive, I will still consider. I just need to think this over. I will fire an e-mail to your dad to ask some questions and then make my decision. Who knows, I may come out with a group that plans to come out to Taiji in the near future. In the meantime, I am still ‘stepping up’ like you and your dad do on behalf of all wild dolphins and have been working on spreading the word. I will plan on getting the word out to the deaf community since I am sure not very many deaf people got to watch The Cove due to lack of captioning. I will convince them to get the DVD that has closed captioning. I will obtain one for myself!

    I am so GRATEFUL that the dear dolphins are SAFE! My hope is that the dolphins will continue to ‘swim away’ from Japan that would cause the fishermen to come back EMPTY-HANDED!!!!

    In the meantime, do take the best care and rest as much as you can so that you can get back into the swing of things for the beloved dolphins!


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