Captivity=Sucks

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All slide show photos are credit Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

I can’t imagine it, living in concrete, performing for food, never seeing my family again…. but what really gets me is knowing that those three dolphins that were taken on the 27th (and all of the others over the years) are probably constantly reliving in their minds everything that went down that day, including listening to the slaughter of their friends and family.

This morning we went down to the harbor in Taiji and watched the fishermen get all their boats, hunting boats and off shore whaling vessels ready for the storm. There were rope lines tied to all the boats and spread out all around harbor. They had the boats tight next to each other and moved the whaling vessels away from the cement dock to keep them from getting banged up.

For lunch we went to our favorite log cabin restaurant! I had cream corn pizza again haha! My dad and Ron got Pancakes!

This afternoon we went to Dolphin Base and I watched the trainers feed and make the dolphins do tricks– the day before a storm is going to hit! You would think they would have been working to prepare everything and make sure that the dolphins are safe in the pens! Haha, I’m not saying they shouldn’t have been feeding them, but making them do tricks the night before a “hurricane” seemed like a waste of time to me! That and it’s just hard to watch period.

The slideshow footage was taken at the Taiji Whale Museum by someone who does not want to be identified. The three dolphins in the tank are the ones that were taken on the 27th. It is the smallest dolphin tank she had ever seen.

I will tell you what she said to me… she said that you could see the pain in their eyes. She told me that one of the dolphins was bobbing up and down with its eyes very dilated.. “If that were a person they would have been rocking back and forth going over everything they had just been through over and over again, that is what it looked like to me. And this poor thing was very small”.

Below is my video of the trainers playing today:

Captivity


For the Animals,

Elora Malama

The meeting with the Mayor of Taiji, Scott West, Richard O’barry, Lincoln O’barry, Jeff Pantukoff, and me is November 2nd

Please remember to read my Dad’s updates on the SeaShepherd website – There are also photos that will soon be uploaded there, you can’t see anywhere else. And the video footage from the Whale museum will be up sometime tomorrow!!!!!!!!!

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23 thoughts on “Captivity=Sucks

  1. Aarrrg, I don’t know how this men can live with themeselves.. Anyway, I’ve told my mom what happens in Taiji, and she organizes groups of teenagers who travel to Orlando. Because of my persistence, they WON’T be going to seaworld. Maybe its only 30 people or less paying tickets, but it proves we can somehow stop people from going to dolphinariums. Thank you Elora, for everything 🙂

    1. orlando? Why not some place a little more coastal where you can see WILD dolphins and other sea life. 🙂 I

  2. The captivity industry is doing so much more harm to the precious wild-caught cetaceans than anyone could ever imagine! These beautiful, dear Pacific spotted dolphins are obviously very stressed!!!! How could these people – fishermen, trainers, and park visitors – do this and live as if it was just nothing?!?! To the rest of us, captivity is so downright traumatic for ALL cetaceans, and the captures and slaughters truly need to stop once and for all!!!! These folks truly need to wake up and realize that they cannot keep up with such senseless tradition much longer because cetaceans possess sophisticated characteristics not too different from that of humans. I am going to write another letter – even for the umpteenth time – to get my points across to the Taiji officials!

    LAURICE

  3. Just read your previous blog entry. Believe me, Elora, I truly feel the exact same as you do! Even if I cannot be in Taiji, I can really feel everything over here and am so incredibly angry about what’s been happening over there! I’ve done everything possible to bring awareness and spread the word and have expressed my thoughts and feelings to the world through my blogs, write-ups, letters, conversations, and of course, Facebook! I have written so much about such atrocities that all my efforts into my doctoral work seem pale in comparison! The response that I am getting from people? Almost zero! Believe me, I truly HATE ignorance! I really HATE being ignored and unappreciated for all I’ve done!!!! What’s wrong with this world?!?! I ABSOLUTELY agree with everything that you mentioned about this world and the destruction inflicted by our species to our beloved Earth and all the very special creatures that truly deserve to live in peace and harmony in their precious natural environments! Like you, my head hurts, and I truly feel stressed! Like I said, I can truly feel it over here, as if I had already been there with you guys witnessing such atrocities. What the fishermen have done so far – especially with the beloved mothers and their beloved little ones – is so profound that I feel so deeply hurt to the core. Reading your blog entries, as well as that of others, without watching the videos and looking at the photos more closely is enough to bring me to tears. But I am going to continue to do what I have always done, even if I continue to be ignored completely. Like I said, I will write a letter and be as civil as possible as to why these most senseless atrocities need to be stopped once and for all. All dolphins, along with other wild cetaceans and other sea life, truly deserve to live their most precious lives in peace without interference of any kind! Home in the open seas is where they definitely belong!

    LAURICE

    1. Funny I had dinner last night with an aide to a Connecticut Senator and was telling him about what’s going on in Taiji with dolphins and whales.

      The first thing he said was, well I don’t think people will be interested in this.

      The second thing was a 45 minute story about how he goes to Hawaii every year with his family to whale watch and swim with wild dolphins in the waters around Lanai. Then all of a sudden the wheels started turning and this story suddenly became really interesting and relevant to him.

      In fact that sort of reaction every day. Just keep at it, people are far more interested than you think. You’re a visionary – and it takes time for the rest of the world to catch up. Just make things relatable and try not to scare people with too much gore.

    2. I am deeply disappointed to see that I’ve been getting thumbs down for the thoughts that I shared in my previous comment. Instead of giving me thumbs down, please try to walk a mile in my shoes. I am profoundly deaf and rely on the computer to communicate with so many people from all over the world about various human threats, including slaughters, that wild cetaceans face daily. I could not be in Taiji since I have some unexpected financial expenses to take care of. (Example: My Nissan Pathfinder broke down when I was on my way to Phoenix on the 10th of October to check out the protest site so that I’d know where we’d have the Dolphin Day 2010 protest. The engine needs to be replaced, and you know how expensive that is!) Elora had the opportunity to get it off her chest in one of her blog entries about the massive slaughter last week. I know that the most recent slaughter had taken a toll on her and that she needed to recuperate physically and emotionally. Why couldn’t I have the opportunity to do the same, even if I could not be in Taiji? After all, I’ve been after this very issue – the dolphin slaughters in Japan – for the last five years and have read and seen so much through the Internet. Why can’t I get it off my chest and be understood instead of being ‘booed’? Sure, I can get frustrated about not getting any response for all I’ve done. It is true that a lot of people do not know me, but I’ve posted my write-ups, my comments, and numerous news articles and quick links just about everywhere – Facebook, deviantART, tursiops.org, various people’s blogs/websites, and websites of various organizations. Because of my complete lack of hearing, communication is so important to me. Dealing with ignorance and misunderstandings is nothing new to me. But there have been times that I feel that I’ve had enough of what I’ve been through. There is no doubt that the most recent slaughter has affected so many of us emotionally. That is when I felt the need to vent what was on my mind. All I wanted is to be understood instead of being misinterpreted for what I had to say.

      No, I never and will never scare anyone with too much gore. I am definitely NOT the kind of person to do just that, anyway. I always take great care to express my thoughts that people can relate so very well.

      If a number of people are not willing to understand and appreciate where I am coming from, it is best that I step back from sharing my thoughts and post basic comments instead.

      LAURICE

  4. whats the problem with the beluga dolphin in the middle why is it scared?

    I sympathize with you Elora captivity does suck and this should end. I support you morally and good work btw

  5. Heartbreaking. The poor guy in the middle is all scratched up ;( I almost started crying looking at them. Hang in there, Elora, whether or not you believe it or see it (yet), you ARE making a difference.

  6. Hi Elora,
    I at one time live in San Antonio, Texas and I would go to sea world. I never realized that they are not happy. They do seem like they enjoy it and they get fed, but now I realize that they are not happy. I will never have anything to do with sea world. I wish I had known long ago for which i know now Thank you for opening my eyes!!! I was born in japan, my mother is Korean, and I do have Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, Irish, and white. I know about the Asian culture and if we come at them angry, yelling, insulting, and name calling, and disrespecting you will lose credibility and they will not listen. I have to remind myself not to get angry, mad, want to call the names, and insult them because of what they are doing. You have to earn respect. You probably will not get to change the first with a sit down talk, but it is a start and could open up to more chances to more sit down and eventually they will respect, listen to what you will say to them, and could lead into a change and then stop killing dolphins and whales. Bring proof of dolphins and whales have high levels of mercury and what the effect of eating dolphins, and whales that have mercury, and print out our statements that have been posted on facebook and twitter that we are outrage over the killing of dolphins and whales. Make sure the statements are not too insulting or they will be turn off. I hope this helps with the meeting. I hope you don’t think I am trying to tell u what to do I just want to help bring this to an end of dolphins and whales being killed in a positive way for both sides. Good luck with the November 2 meeting. If you need anymore help just let me know.
    It is about the dolphins, whales, and all the animals around the world,
    Cindy Carroll

      1. Thank you Carrie. I am just trying to help the cause and be positive about this cause. I can’t be in japan right now so doing what I can do. 🙂 =)

  7. Elora,

    Thank you for these pictures. Just seeing the direct connection. Seeing the actual dolphins that were captured on 10/7 and the look in their eyes is so moving. You can see it in the little one’s eyes that he or she is so unhappy and it looks like the tank is super small. Also, your Dad mentioned on the Sea Shepherd website that there is an adult there that is extremely stressed and biting on the concrete. There is a reference to a video but I do not see one with that post. Is there a different place where we may find it?

    I so wish you guys luck for the meeting on Tuesday! Can you believe it? You, a 16 year old, will be the voice of the dolphins on that day. We are all so proud of you.

    Marysia

  8. Can’t hold back the tears…… 😦
    This is just insanity, the pain in their eyes is undeniable…

  9. Just found a fascinating article about a woman who used to be a dolphin trainer in Taiji but found herself disagreeing with captivity. This is really encouraging; the more we keep trying to spread the word, the better it will be. A strong Japanese anti-whaling presence would be really helpful in initiating changes – the Japanese people need to hear it from their own people:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8599723.stm

  10. Hi Elora! What you’re doing is wonderful! Thanks for getting the good word out. I’m just sorry I didn’t subscribe earlier – but better late than never! Katy (Dylan & Annika Gustafson’s mom)

  11. I am so shocked that I cannot say anything to you, but I must say how much I thank you all. Captured dolphins must be saved right soon! I cannot forgive such stupid Japanese government and Taiji fishermen! I have spread word on the Internet in order to let them stop dolphin slaughter. Japanese have to realize how foolish the government and fishermen are! I Japan commit one crime after another.

  12. Elora, I can’t get over how dead the dolphins and whales eyes look. It makes me so sad. Stay strong sweetie.
    xoxo ann

  13. I am deeply disappointed to see that I’ve been getting thumbs down for the thoughts that I shared in my previous comment. Instead of giving me thumbs down, please try to walk a mile in my shoes. I am profoundly deaf and rely on the computer to communicate with so many people from all over the world about various human threats, including slaughters, that wild cetaceans face daily. I could not be in Taiji since I have some unexpected financial expenses to take care of. (Example: My Nissan Pathfinder broke down when I was on my way to Phoenix on the 10th of October to check out the protest site so that I’d know where we’d have the Dolphin Day 2010 protest. The engine needs to be replaced, and you know how expensive that is!) Elora had the opportunity to get it off her chest in one of her blog entries about the massive slaughter last week. I know that the most recent slaughter had taken a toll on her and that she needed to recuperate physically and emotionally. Why couldn’t I have the opportunity to do the same, even if I could not be in Taiji? After all, I’ve been after this very issue – the dolphin slaughters in Japan – for the last five years and have read and seen so much through the Internet. Why can’t I get it off my chest and be understood instead of being ‘booed’? Sure, I can get frustrated about not getting any response for all I’ve done. It is true that a lot of people do not know me, but I’ve posted my write-ups, my comments, and numerous news articles and quick links just about everywhere – Facebook, deviantART, tursiops.org, various people’s blogs/websites, and websites of various organizations. Because of my complete lack of hearing, communication is so important to me. Dealing with ignorance and misunderstandings is nothing new to me. But there have been times that I feel that I’ve had enough of what I’ve been through. There is no doubt that the most recent slaughter has affected so many of us emotionally. That is when I felt the need to vent what was on my mind. All I wanted is to be understood instead of being misinterpreted for what I had to say.

    No, I never and will never scare anyone with too much gore. I am definitely NOT the kind of person to do just that, anyway. I always take great care to express my thoughts that people can relate so very well.

    If a number of people are not willing to understand and appreciate where I am coming from, it is best that I step back from sharing my thoughts and post basic comments instead.

    LAURICE

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