When we got to Taiji this morning, we checked to see if the banging boats were out— they were. Junior, Patricia, My dad, me, and a traveler from Germany named Markus were at the Cove. John and Jackie went up to the park with the viewing point to watch the boats out at sea and keep us updated on their arrival. It was almost two hours before there was a sign of anything. In the meantime- Markus wanted to see the movie, The Cove, so we played it on my dad’s computer. Patricia, Markus and I watched the Cove— and the cove. The second time I have done this. It is so strange! I can’t describe it, you see something in a scene and then you look around like Oh okay that happened there– then you think about what you have experienced in most of those places. Like the killing Cove, every time that came up I kept looking at my hand.
The phone would ring every once and a while, John said that he saw the boats coming in! We thought it was going to be a great day! By now the movie was half over and there were six hunter boats tied up in the harbor. Then the phone rang again– John said that one of the boats stopped and was waiting for the fleet that had changed their positions and formations. Now I was rushing to set up my video camera because I wanted it to just run while I wandered and took pictures, so it had to be in place! Fishermen kept coming and going trying to intimedate us, I’m getting so used to them being around, I’m on high alert but it’s almost like wind, I’m just used to it being there.
John called a third time– he said that it looked like they had lost them but were chasing them again! Once they got them back it wasn’t long until the dolphins outsmarted them, and the fishermen lost their catch. They started heading back to port. We decided we had enough footage of them going down the bay, and I wanted footage of them coming into the harbor– so that is exactly were we went.
We went to the parking lot across from the dolphin holding pens, and I got out of the car heading straight for the “dock” walkway next to a banger boat that was already in port, and a coastal whaling vessel and set up there. I filmed the fishermen coming in, and got some up close pictures of a banger boat— the guys cabin was full of trash.
We got breakfast then went to upload everything. To be completely honest all I did once we got back to the hotel was catch up with my friends, and do the laundry and dishes! I didn’t accomplish much today, I really needed a day that was just about my friends though… and my sister! I talked with her for an hour! I miss her! She’s going to organize my closet for me, because I’m a piggy and she is good at that stuff. It will be all nice when I come home 🙂
Today we had to say goodbye to Junior, John and Jackie. Thank you so much for coming over here, it is amazing! We love you guys and we really enjoyed your company. It was like you were old friends… thank you for everything! Everyone! Please read Jackie’s blog, it is wonderful! I really enjoyed it!
For the Animals,