Today I decided to write the beginning of my blog at the Cove. We were there all day and I didn’t want to forget anything… Here is what I wrote at about 2pm.
This morning we were out the door by 6:30. The weather was iffy, it was partly cloudy and the sun was shining through the cracks in the clouds. Once we were reaching Taiga Harbor the sky slowly went from cloudy to empty. All of us knew the boats were probably out… it wasn’t till we were driving near the Whale Museum that we saw how still the water was.
Sure enough, driving into Taiji Harbor all twelve hunting boats were out. The instant reaction you get from seeing the boats missing, is heart wrenching. It’s the feeling of not knowing when or if they will return with a family, that makes this all the more painful. Not to mention the instant rush of hate and anger that courses through your veins, I hate to hate… but you can’t help it.
Rex Ray, Ron Ball, my dad, and I went up to the viewing place up on the promontory. You get a wide and clear view of the Ocean. We don’t like to go up there without at least two other people, because it is in a mostly deserted area, no one we have seen really ever walks down this path.
We weren’t there ten minutes before my dad and Ron spotted something in one direction. I don’t think that the boat ended up being a hunter boat because they never bothered with it again, once they caught eye of the fleet. They were centered in the horizon coming right at us, in their driving formation. This is when I really wish I had a way to update you all from the Cove. We needed your help with the Swim Fast, Swim Deep, Swim Far. For a while it felt like it was working, the boats kept having to circle around, or go twist in and out of each other… then they would all go flying towards the other direction. It’s a wonderful sight seeing the dolphins fight and win. But it didn’t stay so wonderful for very long.
Once they caught up to them and had them trapped pretty well, we rushed down to the trail I was talking about in my last blog post, the one with all of the really amazing rocks.
We set up our cameras there and waited. We watched the white and red boats come closer and closer. Eventually you could see the white water and the dolphins breaking. There must have been 30-50 dolphins running and gasping for their lives. To be completely honest the first dolphins I have ever seen were locked in the Cove. It only proves that you can learn and love dolphins, without going to a marine park.
I’m getting off track… anyway! All these dolphins were running as fast as they could away from this wall of sound. But apparently, this wasn’t ripping our hearts out enough… we noticed seven hunter boats still on the horizon driving in a completely different pod of something else! It’s like they just don’t stop. The hunters got one good day of weather and decided to get greedy.
Once the 30-50 Bottle-nose dolphins were locked into the Cove, we drove over. It wasn’t long until the hunter boats came along again, this time driving about 10-15 Risso dolphins. The Risso Dolphins were locked into the Cove as well. There is one net that separates the different pods.
After we determined that they probably weren’t going to kill right away, like they did last time… my dad and I drove back to the hotel, did a short update and then picked up some food at the store. We were back about an hour later.
When we got back we dumped everything in the shade and just sat around making ourselves present. The dolphins were thrashing around and jumping… then something happened. A baby dolphin jumped about three feet into the air and then disappeared beneath the surface. I am not talking a small adolescent, I mean an infant. This poor baby was all of three feet long and one foot wide. I think we all stopped breathing for a minute. Just everything that goes through your head, knowing that this innocent young life will be separated from it’s mother and then slaughtered…. I’ll never be the same person. It’s amazing how five seconds can change your life.
Just now I was sitting on the right side of the beach with the sun against my back. The water was so still, with just a small ripple. It almost looked like glass. Air brushed glass. It goes from light brown like rock, to sea foam green, to a light crystal blue and then intense ocean blue meeting the white- skied horizon. Then you look in the middle of all this surreal beauty… and you can see at least 40 different lives locked up and screaming as best they can. Slapping their tails against the water, huffing, jumping and rolling over. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
The rest of our day was more relaxed then usual. No one talked with us we just sat around, filmed, ate and watched the horror going on in front of us. I am now sitting on my bed eating rice and veggies, uploading videos and mentally preparing for tomorrows early morning.
For the Animals,
The meeting with the Mayor of Taiji, Scott West, Richard O’barry, Jeff Pantukoff, and me is November 2nd .
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My Youtube Video should be up tomorrow with the rest of the slaughter footage. I do have a two minute video from today that I am posting on my youtube KahakaiGirl. That is all for tonight. Three AM morning tomorrow.
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