2015-2016

Taiji Drive Figures

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2015/2016 quota for drive fisheries in Taiji

The quota allows for 1,873 small cetaceans from seven species to be taken via the drive method.

The 2015/2016 quota has been reduced from last season’s by 65 animals (1,873 total vs. 1,938 total). Three species showed reductions in quotas, they are: bottlenose dolphins who were reduced by 47 individuals (462 vs. 509), pilot whales reduced by 13 individuals (101 vs. 114) and Risso’s dolphins reduced 5 individuals (256 vs. 261).

Numbers posted are not official statistics but reflect estimates as given by witnesses on site. Pod size estimates will be rounded up, for example, if 20-25 animals are reported, 25 will be noted in the table.

All information has been collated by Ceta Base, please visit their site for further information.

Since the start of the season on September 1st, 2015 a total of 902 dolphins from 5 species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total, 652 were slaughtered, 133 were released and 117 have been taken as live-capture.

Bottlenose
quota 462

262 caught
66 killed
104 live-capture
92 released
170 total take
292 more allowed

Pacific White-Sided
Quota 134

4 caught
0 killed
4 live-capture
0 released
4 total take
130 more allowed

Risso’s
Quota 256

272 caught
245 killed
8 live-capture
19 released
253 total take
3 more allowed

Short-Finned Pilot
Quota 101

74 caught
51 killed
1 live-capture
22 released
52 total take
49 more allowed

Striped
Quota 450

90 caught
290 killed
0 live-capture
0 released
290 total take
160 more allowed

False Killer Whale
Quota 70
0 caught

Pantropical Spotted
Quota 400
0 caught

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SEPTEMBER

1-11 – Blue
12 – Red – Rissos – 12 captured – 12 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
12 Risso’s dolphins were driven into the killing cove and slaughtered.
After three hours they had reached the mouth of the cove and the exhausted and panic-stricken Risso’s were sealed off from the open ocean. In desperation, the pod attempted to flee towards the beach, actually swimming under the nets to escape. A dolphin beached itself, just a few feet away from where Ric O’ Barry was standing.
13 – 18 – Blue
19 – 20 – Red – Bottlenose – 80 captured – 0 killed – 50 aquariums – 30 released
A pod of approximately 80 bottlenose dolphins  were driven into the cove. By the end of 2 days, 50 members of this family were separated and taken for captivity. The remaining 28-30, mostly juvenile dolphins, were driven back to the ocean where their chances of survival are slim at best.
21 – 22 Blue
23 – Red – Risso’s – 11 captured – 11 killed – 0 aquariums – 0 released
Within an hour, they had driven the innocent family of 11 Risso’s dolphins into the cove and trapped them inside their nets. One unfortunate family member, paralyzed with fear and exhaustion, drowned before being taken to the killing beach.
24 – 30 – Blue

OCTOBER

1 – 8 – Blue
9 – Red – Rissos – 8/9 captured – 8/9 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
The streak of 15 Blue Cove days ends in the tragic slaughter of a family of 8-9 Risso’s Dolphins. The family of Risso’s Dolphins fought for nearly 2 hours, but ultimately the innocents were unable to escape. Once inside the cove, the slaughter was imminent. The tight knit family tried to remain together as long as possible, until finally driven under the tarps.
10 – 11  – Blue
12 – Red – Rissos – 4 captured – 4 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
12 Banger boats, 2 hours driving the dolphins, the slaughtering, the butchering. All of this to murder a family of 4 Innocent dolphins.
13 – Blue
14 – Red –  Rissos – 22 captured – 22 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
Family members tried desperately to protect the four juveniles. Intentional drowning was the killing method of choice at least twice. The smallest juvenile, possibly only days old, last seen swimming toward the nets was  found by a killer and packaged for a burial at sea.
15 – 18 – Blue
19 – Red – Rissos – 18-20 captured – 18-20  killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
The pod fought for their freedom for over five hours, succumbing to fear and exhaustion
20 – 27 – Blue – 20 October – Body of a juvenile Risso’s dolphin washed up on the shore of Taiji, Japan.
28 – Red – Rissos – 29 captured – 23  killed  – 0 aquariums – 6 release
The younger members of the pod were held back as their family members were slaughtered. After watching the inhumane killing of the elders, the six remaining dolphins were forced to stay under the tarps, swimming in  blood  before being put into slings and dropped out to sea.
29 – Blue
30 – Red  – Striped – 20 captured – 20  killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
Hunters repeatedly “banging” on their poles to create a terrifying wall of sound, along with the sounds of boat engines attempted to drive the dolphins into the cove, suddenly a large number of the pod split away from the main group. Whether this was a mistake on the part of the hunters, or whether they were deliberately allowed to escape, we will never know. From that point, the hunt progressed quickly. An estimated 20 striped dolphins were killed, marking the first kill of this species for the 2015/2016 season. This was the 9th drive to-date.
31 – Red  – Risso’s – 7 captured – 7  killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
7 Risso’s dolphins were savagely killed in the 10th slaughter of the hunting season.

NOVEMBER

1 – 4 – Blue
5 – Red – Risso’s– 16 captured – 16 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
Read: Grim Start To The New Year As Risso’s Slaughtered
6 – Red – Striped – 35 captured – 35 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
7  – Red – Bottlenose – 6 captured – 6 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
While the banger boats were out at sea, killers and trainers removed a dead Bottlenose who was taken captive during  Dec 20th-22nd selection process from the harbour pens.
8 – Red – Risso’s– 13 captured – 11 killed  – 2 aquariums – 0 release : Read: An Assault On The Senses
9 – Blue
10 – Red – Risso’s– 16 captured – 16 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
11 – Blue
12 – Red – Striped – 48/50 captured – 48/50 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
13 – Blue
14 – Red  – Bottlenose – 8 captured – 4 killed  – 0 aquariums – 4 release
15 – 16 –  Blue
17 – Red – Risso’s– 5 captured – 5 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
18 – 20 – Blue
21 – Red – Risso’s– 13 captured – 11 killed  – 2 aquariums – 0 release
22 – Red – Striped – 22/25 captured – 22/25 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
23 – 25 – Blue – Two bottlenose transfers made.
26 – Red – Striped – 50/60 captured – 50/60 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release : Read: The Colour of Money
Eleven dolphins transferred out of Dolphin Resort.
“That’s about $1.5 million for the Taiji killers, financed by the aquarium captivity trade. A sad night indeed. They will spend hours or days in a coffin-like crate, shipped by plane out of Osaka to a SeaWorld copycat, where they will be trapped for the rest of their lives, after having witnessed their pod family killed.
27 – Red – Risso’s– 7 captured – 7 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
28 – Red – Pacific White Sided – 4 captured – 0 killed  – 4 aquariums – 0 release : Read: First Capture of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
29 – 30 – Blue
31 – Red – Striped – 18 captured – 18 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release

DECEMBER

1 – 15 – Blue
16 – Red – Rissos – 8 captured – 8 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release : Read: Risso’s pod no match for Taiji Hunters
17 – Blue
18 – Red – Striped – 36 captured – 36 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release : Read: Horror in the cove as striped dolphins slaughtered
19  – Blue
20 – 22 – Red – Bottlenose – 80 captured – 30 killed  – 30 aquariums – 20 (approx) release : Read: Taiji shows the world why captivity is a death sentence
23 – 31 – Blue

JANUARY

1 – 4 – Blue
5 – Red – Risso’s– 16 captured – 16 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release : Read: Grim Start To The New Year As Risso’s Slaughtered
6 – Red – Striped – 35 captured – 35 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
7  – Red – Bottlenose – 6 captured – 6 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
While the banger boats were out at sea, killers and trainers removed a dead Bottlenose who was taken captive during  Dec 20th-22nd selection process from the harbour pens.
8 – Red – Risso’s– 13 captured – 11 killed  – 2 aquariums – 0 release : Read: An Assault On The Senses
9 – Blue
10 – Red – Risso’s– 16 captured – 16 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
11- Blue
12 – Red – Striped – 48/50 captured – 48/50 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
13 – Blue
14 – Red  – Bottlenose – 8 captured – 4 killed  – 0 aquariums – 4 release
15 – 16 –  Blue
17 – Red – Risso’s– 5 captured – 5 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
18 – 20 – Blue
21 – Red – Risso’s– 13 captured – 11 killed  – 2 aquariums – 0 release
22 – Red – Striped – 22/25 captured – 22/25 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
23 – 25 – Blue – Two bottlenose transfers made.
26 – Red – Striped – 50/60 captured – 50/60 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release : Read: The Colour of Money
Eleven dolphins transferred out of Dolphin Resort.
“That’s about $1.5 million for the Taiji killers, financed by the aquarium captivity trade. A sad night indeed. They will spend hours or days in a coffin-like crate, shipped by plane out of Osaka to a SeaWorld copycat, where they will be trapped for the rest of their lives, after having witnessed their pod family killed.
27 – Red – Risso’s– 7 captured – 7 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
28 – Red – Pacific White Sided – 4 captured – 0 killed  – 4 aquariums – 0 release : Read: First Capture of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins
29 – 30 – Blue
31 – Red – Striped – 18 captured – 18 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release

FEBRUARY

1 – Red – Risso’s– 6 captured – 6 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
2 – Blue
3 – Red – Risso’s – 7 captured – 7 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
4  – Red – Risso’s – 4 captured – 4 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
5  – Red – Bottlenose – 20 captured – 17 killed  – 4 aquariums – 0 release
6 – Blue
7  – Red – Bottlenose – 27 captured – 3 killed  – 11 aquariums – 13 release
8 – Red – Risso’s– 18 captured – 12 killed  – 0 aquariums – 6 release
9 – Red – Striped – 36 captured – 36 killed  – 0 aquariums – 0 release
10 – Blue
11 – Red – Bottlenose – ?18 captured – 0 killed  – 6 aquariums – 12 release
12 – 29 – Blue
Read: Taiji Drive Season Over