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Cove Guardian Reports

Read updates below from our Sea Shepherd representatives - the Cove Guardians - who stand watch over the dolphins.

To read Cove Guardian reports from 2011/12, visit our archive page.

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zaterdag, 23 februari 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: February 21, 2013

The blood lust and greed in Taiji come to a climax as the killers refuse to stop, even after they reach their kill quota.

One of the killer boats in the harbor, in about to so called release two dolphins back into the oceanOne of the killer boats in the harbor, in about to so called release two dolphins back into the ocean
Photo: Sea Shepherd
Inhumanity and greed are not limited to the confines of the Cove.  Their presence is seen and certainly felt by the dolphins that are held prisoner within the captive facilities throughout Taiji.

The killers of Taiji have been working hand-in-hand with trainers from the Taiji Whale Museum, Dolphin Base, and Hotel Dolphin Resort throughout the season to rearrange the pens located in the Taiji Harbor. February 8th was not different within that aspect, as the killers would stay in port to rearrange the pens with trainers. However, the killers and trainers had additional plans on this day. They strategically placed skiffs and a killing boat around the Taiji Harbor pens to hide two unknown species of dolphins, which were loaded into slings that would ultimately end up attached to the killing boat destined for sea. These creatures became accustomed to their dismal life in captivity, and were unexpectedly dropped at sea where they were forced to fend for their lives without their pod that was now nothing more than slabs of meat. The prognosis of survival for these dolphins is not very good and most likely those two dolphins ended up floating lifeless in the home they should have never left – the ocean.

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dinsdag, 12 februari 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: February 7, 2013

Dolphin killers use brutal force to pull dolphin on a skiff during at sea captureDolphin killers use brutal force to pull dolphins
on a skiff during at sea capture
Photo: Sea Shepherd
A mixture of blood thirst, greed, and cruelty by the killers and trainers continues with more capture and killing of dolphins in Taiji.

The dark days continued on January 31st when the deadly killing boats spotted a pod of 17 Pacific White Sided dolphins. After a long and brutal chase the entire pod of White Sided dolphins had been driven and netted just outside of Taiji harbor for an at-sea capture. Killers in dive suits would wrap nets around members of the pod before killers in skiffs would pull, and many times pile members of the pod on top of each other. All members of the pod were seen struggling, as they became bloody and caught in nets throughout the capture process. The dolphin killers of Taiji would take prisoner a total of 14 Pacific White Sided dolphins on this day.

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dinsdag, 29 januari 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: January 29, 2013

Killers roughly manhandle striped dolphin before slaughterKillers roughly manhandle a
striped dolphin before slaughter
Photo: Sea Shepherd
Trainers lifted and threw the dolphins into the pen as if they were nothing more than replaceable property- not the intelligent creatures they really are.

Cruelty, carnage, and blood never stop in Taiji. In the last nine days, the killers have taken 271 peaceful and majestic dolphins from their home in the ocean. Of those 271, 217 have been viciously slaughtered, and 54 were taken captive where they will be treated as nothing more than a dollar sign.

On January 17th not one, but two pods of dolphins were driven into the Cove by the Taiji dolphin killers.  Half of the killing boats drove a small pod of Risso’s dolphins into the Cove before they were hastily slaughtered and the boats returned to sea to join the rest of the killing fleet. A pod of 14-16 Striped dolphins were then driven into the Cove, where they would become entangled in nets and killers would forcefully unraveled them.  In the end, death would have its day, as the entire Striped dolphin pod would also be slaughtered. Only the lifeless bodies of both pods would ever meet under the tarps of skiffs that transported both pods out of the cove destined for the butcher house.

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donderdag, 17 januari 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: January 16, 2013

A brutal and bloody week of captivity and death in Taiji

After 14 peaceful days during the holiday season, the dolphin killers of Taiji have been making up for lost time.

On January 7th, a large pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins were found north of Taiji. As nine killing boats drove the pod closer to Taiji harbor, three boats returned to the Fisherman’s Union. Killers in dive suits quickly gathered nets and foam pads into skiffs to prepare for an at-sea capture. A high percentage of the pod managed to evade the killing boats with the exception of three dolphins. Skiffs and killing boats surrounded these dolphins until a net enclosure was in place- trapping the two juvenile and one female white-sided dolphin inside. The dolphins struggled until they were carelessly hoisted into the skiffs and tossed into the Taiji harbor pens.

On January 8th, as the dolphin killers drove a small pod of Risso’s dolphins toward the killing Cove, it appeared as if they received a call from a local fisherman on the location of another pod. They abandoned the pod of Risso’s, changed directions, and headed out to the horizon. A drive formation was soon spotted and ten killing boats drove the remaining pod of white-sided dolphins from the previous day. It was a long, tiresome, and forced journey for the pod. The drive extended over two hours until the killers managed to trap twelve dolphins within a net just outside of Taiji harbor, in the same fashion as they had the day before. The battle of netting the family was bloody and brutal. One dolphin was so badly injured it was taken directly to the Taiji butcher house. Eleven dolphins total were taken captive to the Taiji harbor pens during the eight-hour process.

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dinsdag, 08 januari 2013

Operation Infinite Patience: January 8, 2013

Not one single person, knowing the real truth and history behind this bloody trade, would ever in their right mind choose to support such cruelty. 

Dolphin being transferred to Dolphin ResortDolphin being transferred to Dolphin Resort
Photo: Sea Shepherd
While people around the world gathered for the holiday season, to be amongst their friends and families to celebrate and participate in festive traditions and activities, the horrific treatment of marine mammals in Taiji, and ocean wildlife all over the world, continued. The dolphins that have been stolen from their family pods here in Taiji remain separated, starved, dehydrated, and depressed while living out their mindless and unnecessarily horrible new lives within the minuscule confines of concrete or netted walls.

On the 18th of December, four Bottlenose dolphins were taken to the local Dolphin Resort Hotel from the harbor sea pens, or ‘holding pens’ where dolphins are taken straight from within the killing Cove during a slaughter. After the latest capture of over 100 Bottlenose dolphins between the 11th and 17th of December, we became on high alert for transfers of dolphins from these holding pens- destined to captive facilities within Taiji and around the world. This particular transfer was the first in a continuing list that occurred over the following few weeks.

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donderdag, 20 december 2012

Operation Infinite Patience: December 20, 2012

Dolphin dragged through its’ families’ bloodDolphin dragged through its’ families’ blood
Photo: Sea Shepherd
A pod of 200 Bottlenose dolphins were driven into the Cove and 101 juveniles were taken for captivity. If marine parks ever showed images of these dolphins being wrestled into submission and taken from their families, the stands would fall silent and these facilities would close down- and they know it. 

The past ten days in Taiji have been absolute torture, to say the very least, for hundreds of dolphins whose only mistake was to have migrated close to Taiji, in southeast Japan. There are not many ways to describe the destruction of large pods of marine mammals, and the ongoing torment that those individuals that have either survived these drives, or were taken into captivity, will forever endure. In recent days, we have seen mankind at it’s very worst, and the dolphin hunt in Taiji at it’s most greed-driven. What is most excruciating about the devastation witnessed here is the profits that a few individuals will now reap. This extends out to the international level, as this is an issue of worldwide demand for dolphins in captivity, with Taiji being the focual point of the global captive dolphin trade.

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woensdag, 05 december 2012

Operation Infinite Patience: December 5, 2012

The one hope for these animals is you. Captive facilities exist due to public demand and attendance

Killers attempting to herd Risso’s Dolphins within the coveKillers attempt to herd Risso’s Dolphins within the cove
Photo: Sea Shepherd
On both the 25th and 27th of November, the dolphin hunting boats of Taiji located dolphins out to sea and began their deathly drive formations. Thankfully, on both occasions, they were unable to drive them all the way into Taiji!

On the 25th, the dolphins were lost after a short time, due to choppy seas and plenty of white caps on the surface. The pod on the 27th continually broke free and outsmarted the killers. Eventually, all twelve dolphin hunting boats decided to join together, yet struggled to keep the pod within their sights. Over five hours later, the killers finally gave up the chase. The extremely exhausted dolphins fought with everything they had and managed to disappear completely from the clutches of human greed. Now, these dolphins swim freely, after narrowly escaping the horrors within the killing Cove. We hope they continue swimming far away from Taiji.

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maandag, 26 november 2012

Operation Infinite Patience: November 24, 2012

A week of bloodshed and cruelty in Taiji

Dolphin killers driving a pod of pilot whales toward the killing coveDolphin killers driving a pod of pilot whales
toward the killing cove
Photo: Sea Shepherd
This past week in Taiji proved to be highly difficult to endure. The week has been a challenge of wills and a challenge of faith in humankind. November has become increasingly bloody here in Taiji. In this past week alone, we have been subjected to documenting the slaughter and complete annihilation of four separate pods of dolphins and small whales. The majority of these individuals were slaughtered for the human consumption of toxic, mercury-laden meat. The smallest and least profitable dolphins of these four pods were dumped at sea to face the unlikelihood of survival without the support of their family pod. Moreover, another select few dolphins were sold within the lucrative captive marine mammal industry. They will spend their lives scarred by the memory of the slaughter of their family, at the hands of the species they will now forever ‘entertain’.

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