Whenever someone asks, “Do you want the bad news first, or the good news?”, I’ll always say the bad news. That way I don’t end a conversation on a bad note.
So that’s what I am going to do now. It starts this morning at around 4:30. My dad starts fussing for me to wake up. We all decided to get up extra early to go and film the Katsuura fishermen bringing in Tuna. My dad and I had to check out of the hotel this morning, to move to another one, so getting out the door was hectic and took a little over an hour. But we made it to Katsuura from Shingu by 6- right when they were unloading this morning’s catch. It was heartbreaking, disgusting and the reality slaps you in the face. We are over fishing! I can’t even go on a rant because I’m so shocked. You hear the fishermen talk about how there used to be hundreds of Dolphins swimming, in the Cove movie. But now they have a harder time finding them. It’s the same with the Tuna and any other sea creature you are eating… these things don’t grow over night and when hundreds are pulled out everyday… things will start disappearing.
After we took footage of the catch, we headed straight for the Cove at around 6:40. When we got there it looked like nothing was going on, until we reached the boat harbor. All the banging boats were gone. So we headed for our “lookout mountain”. We were only there for 40mins before the first catch were being herded in. The footage will be up later tonight. But watching those “dolphins” so scared and heading for shore with those insert swear word of choice here fishermen, banging on poles to drive them in. The banging sound really doesn’t leave your head. It’s been bugging me all day!
Once the “dolphins” were blocked into the Cove. Everyone (the fishermen) left. So we sat and waited for their return. In that time frame, my father and I rushed to the hotel to post a quick update and Sandra and Dwight counted five Pilot Whales. Long finned Pilot Whales, Is what we think they are. Aren’t those supposed to be protected? The government was letting this happen. And we know that because the police stood right there with us as the fishermen drove them in.
About hour an hour later, my dad spotted the banging boats on the horizon. The horror went on again. This time they drove in at least seven Pilot Whales, making an estimated dozen sitting in the Cove currently. We have word from a good source that very few Aquariums buy Pilot Whales. We are preparing ourselves for bloody water tomorrow. So prepare yourselves as well. This isn’t a light subject.
I’ll post more pictures and some video tonight when I find my missing data card!
On a good note however! Sandra, Dwight, my dad, and I all watched the Cove on my dad’s computer, while sitting at the Cove. Most of the tourists, and locals came over to see what we were doing. We reached out and shared this information, using the Cove movie, to at least nine or ten different people. Two of them being the Directors of a Tokyo news station, and thinking of playing the Cove movie on the station sometime. On top of that! We talked to several other groups of locals, and three journalist students traveling from Tokyo. The word is getting out to some of the local and distant community. It’s great! Half of the people had heard about the Cove, but didn’t realize that they were standing in it. And lots of people ignored the gates saying keep off rocks, to get better pictures of the Pilot Whales. So today has had it’s ups and downs.
For the Animals,