I will have video up tomorrow, once I get the footage of whatever happens. It is just too late for me to try and get something together right now. I’m sorry!
This morning I over heard my dad on the phone, a new Cove guardian thought that the boats were in harbor. So I did not pack tons of food, and other things we need for the day. Our plan was to go double check, then go to my favorite log cabin restaurant for my Birthday, which is tomorrow. When we got to Taiji however, the boats were out. I understand how he could of been confused, it took me two days to figure out which boats where which. They were hunting. And we all took position.
Tarah and Ryan had to go back to the hotel to change rooms, and I needed food, so it worked out perfectly. Big Gunns brought us back real quick and we sorted everything out.
Within an hour of us being back, the Walkie-talkie goes off, the team at the light house spotted the dolphins being driven in from the south. They were about twenty minutes away from the funnel!
Within what felt like minutes, they were in sight. Half the pod went swimming towards the harbor, the other half disapeared for a few minutes. The boats stopped and held still till they saw them break! The dolphins were on the other side of them, they were getting away! Rosie and I started screaming and jumping “Go dolphins swim!” But it wasn’t long until they had to surface (we have to cut them some slack they were exuasted) once the boats got around them again, It was too late for the dolphins. I watched them drive in another pod. This pod was running for its life, it was fighting so hard and was more freaked out than any other pod I’ve seen driven in. I wonder if they were the same pod they drove out two days ago, and were re-living the same nightmare!
My dad and I were at Le trail watching all of this. Once we got back to the cove Rupert buzzed in and said that there were people on the gutting barge putting tarps on the top of it. We all freaked out! Were they really going to slaughter today!? Rupert said they were on the barge for a really long time, and was keeping us updated.
We all prepared for a slaughter… My dad and a few others ended up on the top of Tsunami hill, when a huge camera and net battle took place. I was not there to see it, but from what I was told, the fishermen were hanging more nets up to keep us from being able to look into the killing cove from the “allowed” areas! The boys and Rex said all the fishermen were having a huge camera battle, with lots of swearing. Then the police showed up, and they continued to hang up their nets. It went on for about a hour and a half, if not more. Crazy stuff. The fishermen were carrying knifes almost a foot long, which is illegal in Japan. When my dad asked the police “how come they can carry knifes, if I did that I would be arrested”… the man responded with “yes”… my dad “SO why?” and the police said “I don’t know.”
The coast guard had a 95 foot vessel sitting outside the killing cove with an inflatable driving around patrolling the area. Hellicopters fly around over head, and they are not only paying for all of these men to be on the clock, but they have to now pay them overtime as well. Towel Guy said today, that we are costing them a lot of money….. so! Stop the hunt and we will all go away!
Rupert, Libby, my dad, and I needed to run to the camera store KS, when we were driving back, Rosie and Dineille were at the edge of Hotel Dolphin Resort/Dolphin Base parking lot… The bloody handed trainers were loading two dolphins into a tank. I jumped out of the car and walked right up to a girl sitting in the back of the truck and started to take pictures. I was taking pictures of the dolphin in the crane, and the people putting her into the tanks…. then Rupert said, there is one in the truck… I could not believe I missed it! We started photographing it. The poor thing’s eye was bleeding, and she kept opening her mouth letting out a faint shreek! It was the most gut wrenching sound I have ever heard! Libby pointed out that not only was her eye bloody, but so was her tail! She was crying, and fussing, and she kept screaming and clicking. She looked me right in the eye and I just wanted to hug her and apologize for being human! Give her back her family, she was probably even pulled away from her child. How can someone who claims to love dolphins, and work with them like this…. be so ignorant to that, or not care at all!?
“Captivity Sucks”-Richard O’Barry
It was raining so hard this afternoon! We are hoping that they have a miserable time tomorrow in whatever it is that they do. It will either be a instant slaughter or a captivity selection and then slaughter. I will keep everyone posted!
For the Animals,
Elora Malama W.