Hope~

So this morning I woke up with a sore throat! It’s a lot better now, after I took some Advil, but I think my body was just so worn out and trying to tell me to rest more. It really killed me to stay behind because I knew that the molesters were out hunting, and I didn’t want to miss a slaughter because of a sore throat!! But my dad made me stay behind because I need to stay healthy for the upcoming week.

It took me forever to fall asleep again! I really hated not being at the Cove… I remember constantly thinking far fast and deep, then I passed out from exhaustion! Haha.

My dad called and told me that the boats came back empty-handed! I was so relieved!

We were going to drive to Shingu and get breakfast this morning, but I got really nauseous before we got in the car. I realized it was because I took my vitamins on an empty stomach… don’t ever do that! Haha, I didn’t dare take the car trip because I get really carsick easily, so I stayed behind and skyped with my mom and sister for a few hours 🙂

— So this evening a Japanese women named, Yumiko, called us and told us that she and her husband were staying at the same hotel we are. I have been emailing Yumiko for over a month now, and had given her my dad’s phone number when I found out that they were in Shingu today. They drove down all the way from Tokyo to see the Cove!

When we met up with them, Yumiko gave me these beautiful paper cranes that she and her daughter had made for me. They are a symbol of hope and health, she told me! 🙂 They also made this video:

It’s very well done, please watch to the end of it. It’s so nice to have Japanese people voicing their disagreement with the slaughter of dolphins, it is something that must be supported! Yumiko wrote to a man in London who educates kids about Dolphins, and they put an article she wrote and her email in their news letter. Yumiko and her family are trying to educate people about the Dolphin slaughter here in Japan and around the world.

We went to dinner with them tonight, and I have to say it was much-needed. This couple gives me such hope for the future. As Japanese citizens, taking a stand against this. Yumiko was saying tonight that this is not about race or nationality, it is for our world. That we have a responsibility as humans on planet earth to protect and help dolphins. Everything she spoke about tonight made me almost tear up… if they can help get more Japanese people involved, we just might get somewhere 🙂

This really shows how effective the methods SSCS is choosing to take on this campaign are. If we were cutting nets and sinking boats, most Japanese people would feel sympathy for the fishermen. But we are keeping the pressure on the government and making sure not another dolphin will die unseen in the Cove for as long as the hunt continues, be it because a law changes or all dolphins go extinct.

I think it’s kinda funny how both my dad and I wrote about the same thing tonight 🙂 I guess it really effected us both the same way.

Far fast and deep,

Elora Malama

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11 thoughts on “Hope~

  1. What a very positive day that all of you had! The dolphins being safe at sea and the visit from Yumiko and her husband could not have been more rewarding! Even though I need to go offline after posting this, I promise that I will watch the video very soon. I really appreciate Yumiko making the effort to spread awareness about the dolphin slaughters/captures, especially to other Japanese people. My hope is that more and more Japanese people will be so aware of such atrocities that they would go out of their way to stand up for the most precious dolphins and other marine mammals. We all know that the change needs to come from within, and we, Westerners, can do only so much to make the change happen. The change has to come from the government since there are no protective laws for marine mammals that swim off the coast of Japan and live along the coast as well. Only the government can come up with such laws, and this would have a ripple effect on everything, including the most malicious activities in Taiji. My deep hope is that the government officials will feel so much pressure that would prompt them to reconsider the lack of laws and take proper action so that the laws can finally be in place for all wild cetaceans, including dolphins. We must NOT give up on what we’ve been doing so far on behalf of the dolphins and other wild cetaceans. We must see to the very end, no matter what it takes!

    LAURICE

  2. Yokimo and her husbad made a wonderful video! It gives much hope to the Dolphins cause to see that some Japanese citizens understand that this is not about race or nationality, culture, tradition. This is about saving the oceans and the sentient mammals that live in them.
    Thank you Yokimo, and your husband also, for understanding and caring enough about the plight of the Dolphins to produce this video. Your video will help people all around the world to understand that Dolphins are intelligent mammals that should be left to swim free in the oceans, that no person or country owns them or has the right to kill them for food or hold them live in captivity.
    Elora I hope you feel better soon. Rest is what you needed. The Dolphins have a wonderful spokeswoman in you!
    All of the Cove Guardians are doing a wonderful job letting the world know the sad fate of Dolphins captured by the Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt Fishermen. The Dolphins deserve better than the cruel and inhumane treatment these few Taiji Fishermen and Trainers dole out to them.
    Please do not spent you hard earned money to purchase tickets to see live captive Dolphin entertainment or to swim with captive Dolphins. It only fuels this cruel inhumane treatment to Dolphins that sadly happens all too often in the beautful cove of Taiji Japan. Dolphins belong in the ocean swimming free.
    Pleas consider signing The Cetaceans Bill of Rights for Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. You can read about it and sign it here:
    Cetacean Bill of Rights

  3. The video was very well done! props to them! so happy dolphins were not killed today!!!! get better soon Elora!!!! you are AMAZING!!!!!!!!
    -Rai

  4. hi BRAVE Elora,
    my sweetheart,
    i appreciate ur good intensions, U MAY GO ON DOING GOOD WORK FOR OUR EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT AND SPECIALLY WATER LIFE ,(NEXT U MAY TURN TO CORAL REEFS PRESERVATION INFACT THEIR PROLIFERATION, IF U CHHOSE SO,I WISH SO.)

    I want to suggest you or may be ADVISE you somethings that I THINK IMPORTANT.
    U KNOW EVERY WORD OR EVERY STATEMENT WE MAKE HAS A SUBTLE (electromagnetic, in easy terms) ENERGY ASSOCIATED WITH IT, WHICH SETS IN MOTION FORCES OF OUR NATURE( here we can say our mother earth if u like) TO MATERIALISE IN PHYSICAL NATURE, VISIBLE(PERCIEVEABLE) TO OUR SENSES.

    its like UR THOUGHTS TO SAVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL DOLPHINS PROPELS U TO THRONG INTO ACTION AND U KICK ASIDE EVERYTHING ELSE FOR A WHILE,SO IT IS THOUGHT THAT IS IMPORTANT,,
    and u have beautiful thoughts,WE ALL KNOW THAT,NOW U SURELY KNOW THAT.

    SO CHECK UR SENTENCES:
    1.i did not want to miss a slaughter,
    it implies(electromagnetically) the person wanted a slaughter otherwise why cann’t he miss it,though his intensions are to help dolphins.

    2.hated not being at the cove,
    why does he wants to be at cove at all,means IMAGINE NO SLAUGHTER and therefore nobody needs to be there at the cove,RIGHT.

    3.passed out from exhaustion,
    OH! DEAR U REALLY WORK HARD,GOOD,
    but it implies(means) already given up , U DONOT GIVE UP,
    similarly

    4.i knew that molesters were out hunting,
    NEVER MAKE NEGATIVE STATEMENTS.LOVE YOU:)

    5.i get really carsick,
    no need say it.

    6.i stayed behind,
    don’t do this in ur thoughts, as such u can take some rest..LOLZZ..

    7*.trying to educate people about dolphin slaughter,
    TEACH PEOPLE TO LOVE BEAUTIFUL DOLPHINS.:))

    8. gives me such hope for future,
    DO NOT POSTPONE IT,
    WE GONNA DO IT NOW ONLY.:))

    9.made me tear up,
    BRAVE GIRLS LIKE U ONLY SMILES,they do not cry (NO TEARS ONLY CHEERS).. :)))

    10. not another dolphin die unseen in the cove as long as the hunt continues,
    MY DEAR, DOLPHINS ARE NOT IN THE COVE,THEY ARE BUSY PLAYING IN THE OPEN SEA..:)) WITH LOLZ..

    11. all dolphins go extinct,
    I WANT TO PLAY WITH BEAUTIFUL DOLPHINS THROUGHOUT MY LIFE(do take rest in ur old days lolz.!)
    AND WANT MY CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S………………………………CHILDREN (oh god! lolz…:))) TO PLAY WITH BEAUTIFUL DOLPHINS. :))

    hope u,INTELLIGENT ELORA UNDERSTOOD WHAT HER SISTER(ANUPRIYA) IS SAYING TO HER.

    OCEANS OF LOVE FOR BRAVE ELORA :))))
    ANUPRIYA :))))))))))))))))))

  5. That is a heartening story you tell about your meeting with Yumiko. A strong sign that your persistence is working. Keep up the pressure. But please look after yourself properly. Years ago I met an ex-dolphin trainer while spending time diving with a free dolphin I had met. I got to know him over a period of three years and still mourn his death. He was a wonderful being; truly alive and so funny. The ex-trainer was a strong voice against captive cetaceans and has done much work to further our cause since renouncing her previous trade. Don’t give up on bringing the trainers and fishermen to understand what they are doing. I know it’s easy to see them as inhuman but they are human and therefore can wake up.

    Reading your blog has at points made me so angry that I have thought about organising rebreathers and a team of divers so that nets can be cut and boats sunk. But when I think more I realise that you are correct. Doing this would alienate too many Japanese people and we need to bring a critical mass of them on side.

    Keep on keeping on

    Far fast & deep

  6. I have not been able to see any of the videos posted until today, because I do not have a computer and it is hard for me to get to one. I attempted to watch them, but cannot. What I started to see was so heartwrenching, and just utterly heartbreaking. I have no words, it is so so so sad. Those poor dolphins. And the babies at the whale muesem, how truly devastating. You are a brave girl, all the cove guardians are brave, and better than me. I just do not know if I could bear to witness this cruelty day in and day out as you all do. I do have you in my heart and prayers, as much as it sickens me to see, I still wish I could be there with you all in Taiji, doing something, helping the dolphins with direct action. Maybe one day I can.

  7. Ome more thing, Elora I watched the youtube video that everyone was getting on you about, and in my opinion you did nothing wrong. Somebody needs to get in the sicko men’s faces.

  8. Elora,
    Can either you or your Mom email me? I believe you have access to my email address via WordPress.
    Thanks so much!

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