This morning I guess I was getting spoiled with this lovely dolphin free break. So I didn’t pack much, just a banana, peanuts, water, video camera, and my still camera. So I really had nothing with me. I was expecting more good weather, overcast and windy. The windows in the hotel are frosted so it’s hard to see what it’s like at 6am. It looked dark… of course when I walked downstairs I saw it. Sunlight shinning into the downstairs hallway, bright enough to blind me! Grrr. I knew the boats were out, and I knew I didn’t have everything I needed. But we needed to leave then. So me in my heavy boots, jeans, and windbreaker got in the car!
The Cove was still and the horizon was empty and calm. We knew they were out. We took a drive through town. All twelve boats were hunting today. So we went and set up at the Cove. It was about 7am. Once we got comfortable and set up… we were trying to scope out the horizon with the binoculars. NOTHING! Not even those giant factory ships that pass in that shipping lane all the time. It was beautiful, but I couldn’t enjoy it, because I knew they would just appear. You don’t really have a warning, they just appear!
Three hours later: We had moved spots two times because of the direct sunlight constantly moving overhead of us. Mr. Atsoshi Nakahira (our political loud speaker truck friend) came. He talked to my dad about the meeting on Tuesday of next week (the 2nd) with the mayor. That date has been confirmed. We found out today that my dad (Scott West Sea Shepherd Conservation Society), Richard O’barry (Save Japan Dolphins), Jeff Pantukhoff (Whaleman foundation) and I will be sharing a table with the Mayor of Taiji.
While Mr. Nahahira was talking with my dad, Ron was looking through the binoculars. The horizon still looked empty. Literally the next minute he went back to them and the water was filled was dolphin hunters! They just slap you in the face when they appear. The hunters were not in a line, but in driving formation. My stomach dropped, I was so pissed.
I got my tripod ready for my video camera, but then the boats scattered. They lost the dolphins and were chasing them in the other direction! I just wanted to do my happy dance! I know everyone at the Cove and several hundreds around the world were chanting “Swim Far, Swim Fast, Swim Deep”. Obviously it is working. I might sound crazy, but I really believe in that type of energy.
About half an hour later they were still chasing them all over the horizon. It was amazing! These dolphins were not taking this crap. Knowing that the fishermen were probably really pissed off, made everything just that much more enjoyable. But there was still that upset feeling in our stomachs, because we know they have caught the dolphins before once they got away. We decided to move to a different location. We can see better from there, and we wanted footage of what they do when they are on the other side of that hill. You know the one they always disappear to when they are driving? You can see it in some of my footage.
The place is this long walkway (the one we took a walk on two days ago). It is completely public and very beautiful! There are oddly shaped rocks everywhere and colorful shells on the beach. The waves are extremely rough hitting the sides of the rocks, or splashing out of little archways the rock has made. It amazing. Just this one little place… It’s a feeling you can’t describe. Looking at the surreal atmosphere you are surrounded by, knowing that miles out they are scaring the life out of a pod, and the same pod could loose theirs lives in this space. Then you think about how many lives have been taken in this beautiful place. It’s not so beautiful after that.
The pain, anger, confusion, hate and everything else you feel from just watching the movie or reading the various groups updates… changes when you are here. There is just something about seeing it with your own eyes. I don’t know what it is, but you know you are going to fight this to the end…
About another hour and a half later the boats appeared again. This time at the place we like to call point rock. It was completely out of the blue too. But one after another the hunter boats were speeding towards the harbor. No dolphins. We all just wanted to scream with joy and start dancing! We knew the hunters saw us, or at least knew that we were watching them. So think about how pissed they were? Ha-ha, it’s wonderful. Those dolphins put up a fight and won! WOOHOO! All twelve boats went in one after another! Sucks to be you guys! There are several storms on the weather forecast! So it looks like another week possibly before more Dolphins are harassed.
My dad, Ron, and I went and got lunch at Bodi. It’s not all that cheap, but the food is good for us, and we needed a good meal. It was very yummy! And we could enjoy it J
We went back to the hotel, and my dad and I took a nap. It was a longer nap then I thought it would be! He left with Ron at around 4 to double check the Cove… I woke up at 5:30! I had no idea! I guess I needed… haha.
Dinner was at Jusco; we had that really yummy curry and watched this kid play those drums. He was amazing! It was really funny he brought his own sticks, and between songs he would respond to texts then go back to the game like it was nothing.
Tied up at a port in front of KS electronics store, is this giant ship. Giant is actually a bit of an under-statement. My dad, Ron and I parked our car and walked over the port. This ship is so big, I felt like I was looking a space ship. It kinda lured you in, you wanted to go to sea on it. It had several giant cranes, a helicopter landing platform, stairs leading to all kinds of different places etc. But the coolest part of it was the giant lit up metal tower that was stationed In the middle of the ship. It must have been eight stories high alone. We got the name of the vessel and looked it up. Here is the link: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/chikyu/eng/index.html
Well I am off to bed, thank you for all the support! And I am glad you all like the new blog look. I know the white on black was getting old.
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