The Cove guardians are multiplying! Even though most are not SSCS Cove Guardians, we are all here to do the same job and we all work together. There are 14 guardians from various organizations and even parts of the Japanese government here to stop the slaughter. More are coming! I think 6 more are coming this weekend… this is amazing!
This morning we left at 6:30 and the skies were blue as could be. We were all worried that the hunters probably went out… however if they are going to go hunting and catch Dolphins we wanted it to be today. If there was a slaughter the morning of the meeting with my mayor, well let’s just say the mayor would have been very foolish to allow that to happen. The water was very choppy, and who knows what it looked like when they were deciding to go out, so there was no hunting today! We don’t think that they will go hunting until Thursday, but if the weather allows it tomorrow we are very curious to see how much the Mayor actually cares. If he allows them to hunt, then he probably has no interest in changing. The weather tomorrow looks like it will not allow them to hunt anyway, which is wonderful for the Dolphins!
There were two camera crews at the Cove this morning, from two different news stations here in Japan. Both interviewed my dad, and one interviewed Rosie, Dinielle and me!
He asked me what I do here, what I think of the Cove, and what I would like to see happen.
I told him about our daily routine, and a lot of things that I have mentioned in my blog about my feelings towards the Cove. I told him that I really would like to see all the Japanese people stand up and speak out against the Dolphin slaughter that the change has to happen from within Japan.
We had lunch as Boudi! It was very yummy. I love eating there because every time we go in there they come up with a new vegetarian plate for us! It is very good food and it’s a surprise every time. (Credit to Rex Ray for hitting the space bar. Haha!) After lunch we went to KS camera store to get a 64g memory card for the next slaughter, they were TOO expensive though so Rex is going to let me borrow his 32g card until I get home! Thank you Rex! J
This afternoon we went to the Cove and my dad talked to another camera crew. The police showed up to collect all the newbie’s passports. Once we were finished with that Michael Bailey, who arrived early this afternoon, was recording a video to send to Louie Psihoyos. He had some of the Cove guardians talk and then he interviewed my dad and me. This was only my third camera interview! It’s a little nerve racking only because I don’t want to stumble over a sentence and seem stupid! But I’m finding that if I can just ignore the camera and talk to people like I always do, that it is a lot more comfortable and even fun!
Tonight we met Jeff Pantukoff (Whale man), and Steven Nakada (a Japanese man who is very devoted to cleaning up the oceans and ending the dolphin slaughter). His company is all Solar run. Steven is very loved by a lot of Japanese politicians and people very high up in the government. We are very lucky to have such a kind, loved, and determined Japanese man here standing with us!
At dinner we talked with Steven more about the meeting tomorrow and how most Japanese people think. “We pollute the oceans, and not many see because on the surface it is beautiful, but no one see’s underneath”- Steven.
During dinner this very sweet lady (who we found out owns the restaurant we were eating at) comes over and wanted to take a picture with me! Haha, I was so confused. She was so delightful, hugging me and laughing. Steven and her were talking about Sea Shepherd. She kept hugging me and saying I was adorable. It just goes to show that we are not outing Japanese people… we do not view all Japanese people as barbaric and heartless. It is the 28 men in Taiji, all the dolphin murderers all over Japan, and the dolphin trainers that are the barbaric and heartless ones. Not the people. I have found that everywhere we go everyone wants to laugh and smile, help and have fun with you. It is really important that we don’t attack all the Japanese people. However, keeping the pressure on the government and keeping this red stain on Japan will hopefully encourage the Japanese people to stand up and say “Stop it, we are tired of this reputation”-that is the only way we are going to end this. It MUST come from within Japan.
Right now I am writing my blog while sitting in the hotel lobby with, Michael Bailey, Rosie and Dinielle, Rex, Jeff Pantukoff, Steven and my dad. We are talking about the problems in the ocean, the meeting tomorrow, and how to reach out to the people and change this. I am so lucky to be sharing a room with such amazing people, and to be a part of this… I have to pinch myself everyday, not only because I can’t believe the things I see and hear from the hunters- and I can’t believe that I am here and doing this. I have always loved dolphins so much and being able to help protect them on the front lines is an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life! (I really am not trying to brag, I am just trying to share my feelings right now). Thank you all so much for caring just as much, donating, and supporting all the efforts happening over here. You ARE doing something, even if you are not in Taiji. Please remember that.
Well I need to get to bed so I am awake for the meeting tomorrow!
For the Animals,
The meeting with the Mayor of Taiji, Scott West, Richard O’barry, Lincoln O’barry, Jeff Pantukoff, Steven Nakada, Michael Bailey, Kiki, and me is tomorrow.
Please remember to read my Dad’s updates on the SeaShepherd website – There are also photos uploaded there, you can’t see anywhere else. And the video footage from the Whale museum is up.
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