I have been having a hard time trying to figure out how to write this… writers block sucks! But I’m going to attempt too. It’s not going to be very long, I’m just trying to let people inside my head the best I can, and understand why I am having such a hard time writing the last two days.
Friday night I’ll be sleeping in my own bed… I can’t even wrap my head around this. These last three months have been such a eye opening experience for me!
Last year was a bad year for me, and I couldn’t believe how much hate was being thrown at me and my sister, from just one person… but I have to say aside from that, this has been the hardest thing I have ever dealt with! There have been times I just wanted to break down and quietly cry, but I couldn’t (because I was in such shock from what I was seeing), and punch private space right in his private space…. but I also have built friendships with peopl from all over the world that will last forever, had a few good laughs, but most of all I’m proud of myself for standing strong and not quitting when times got hard!
I was just thinking about something… whenever we are at the cove and a dolphin jumps out of the water we all stop talking and just stare. People pay to watch them jump (still wrong but it helps my point). When people are out on their boats and dolphins come by (most) people are hypnotized! It’s such an honor to see one jump!! I think this is something every dolphin admirer can agree on… just seeing them jump out of the water… swim around… and if you are lucky enough to swim with them… it’s just an honor! But we imprison them and kill them, a creature that when most the world witnesses, they are completely hypnotized! Why!? The slaughters seem to get worse every time they capture them… but for me the captivity is worse than the slaughter! To imprisson a creature who is not only more intelligent and lovely than humans are… rip them away from their families, and make them love you for food… is worse than the killing for me. I would rather be dead than performing for food.
This is something I have not been able to talk about yet… but yesterday two baby dolphins that were let free were driven away from their remaining family members (that swam out to see with the banging boats chasing them to the horizon). The babies stayed at the rocks somewhat near to the gutting barge… probably lost from their family forever. We couldn’t even move. We were sitting on a rock and I couldn’t even remember how to stand up! I kept picturing that picture of the adorable baby dolphin that was rescued from nets recently… swimming alone in the ocean without it’s slaughtered mother, just to starve to death. I have never been so disgusted with human beings than I was that afternoon.
SO how do you go home!? How to you see something as horrible as that and just go back to school feeling like you are abandoning them! I know I am not, I know that… I can’t help I have to leave and I have plans for this when I go home but I can’t help but feel that I am leaving them (cause I am!). I hate that feeling, and it’s something I cannot find the words to describe yet 😦
I’ll tell you what’s to become of my blog my last night in Japan! I have some plans for it! My Facebook page will be a place I do updates via Libby and where everyone interested in this issue spread news about the Cove or other dolphins in trouble around the world.
The boats came back empty handed today!!! WOOOOOOO!
I welcome Libby K—-as my father’s replacement! You’ll do an amazing job Lib!
Far Fast and Deep,
Elora Malama West