I have to apologize for just dropping off the face of the planet once we returned from Taiji, last week. I literally started spring quarter at the college (8am class time!!) the morning after our return flight, and I am just now catching up with everything.

The flight home was long! I barely got any sleep, once I started to hit a lucid dream and almost lose conciseness the turbulence was so awful I would get woken up. But I was kept amused, one of the flight attendants walked up and down the halls while we ate and was picking up trash as we cleared our trays (it was kinda uncomfortable actually), but she took all my clean napkins and threw away half a cup of orange juice because she thought I was done with it… I thought it was funny!

I unpacked the second we got home and we washed all my clothes, I hate having packed suitcases around once I get back from a trip… it’s like this thing that just hangs over me! I went to bed super early and I was in class at 8am the next morning.

The end of the 2011-2012 campaign was sad. We found out that dolphins are slaughtered all year round in Taiji. We did, however, get a lot of questions answered for next year. It was a productive trip and I met some more amazing people who I will keep in touch with life long!

Of course when one door closes, another one opens… I have something very exciting to share!
I’ve found out I can join the crew of the Steven Irwin in August, in Australia. I expect there will be a lot of painting, cleaning, and all other kinds of chores I will be assigned to. I’m looking forward to all the new things I am going to learn!

After graduation this June I will take summer quarter at my community college (filling out my AA degree). I look forward to the new adventures to come my way this year, and as always I can’t wait to bring you all along!

This Saturday there is an Sea Shepherd event happening in Friday Harbor, my dad (Scott West) and Erwin Vermeulen will be speaking about their experiences in Taiji, Japan. I’ll be blogging about that and I look forward to seeing some of you there!

-Elora Malama West

P.S. I found this quote in a textbook of mine today, I really liked it and I thought I would share it!

“Rise Like lions after slumber…
In unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew…
Which in sleep had fallen on you-
Ye are many; They are few!”- Howard Zinn

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