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2017-2018

Taiji Drive Figures 

2017/18 drive figures

2017/2018 quota for the drive fishery in Taiji allows for a take of 1,940 animals from nine species and has added two species to the list – rough-toothed dolphins & melon-headed whales.

The 2017/2018 quota by species is:
101 short-finned pilot whales
450 striped dolphins
414 bottlenose dolphins
251 Risso’s dolphins
400 Pantropical spotted dolphins
070 false killer whales
134 Pacific white-sided dolphins
020 rough-toothed dolphins
100 melon-headed whales

In addition to drive hunt, rough tooths and melon headed have been added to the hand harpoon quota in two prefectures – Wakayama and Okinawa. In Wakayama, 30 melon-headed whales can be taken, while in Okinawa, 13 rough-tooths and 60 melon-headed are allowed via this method. 
Including both hand-harpoon and drive hunting, a total of 33 rough-tooths and 190 melon-headed whales have been added to the overall small cetacean quota in Japan.

All information has been collated by Ceta Base. Reports from Dolphin Project

September

1-2 – BLUE
3 – 34 Pilot whales, driven into the cove after a 6 hour battle at sea. This nursery pod is filled with young pilot whales whose fate will be determined at sunrise.
4 – 10 pilot whales have been slaughtered and three juveniles have been taken for captivity. The remaining pilot whales will be kept for a second night. Exhausted and terrified, missing 13 pod members. Their fate will be determined tomorrow morning.
5 – Twenty adults were killed, with one younger dolphin succumbing to injuries, for a total of 21 documented deaths. Trainers, while claiming to love and care for dolphins, worked alongside the hunters, selecting desired animals for “life” in captivity while others were slaughtered. Three young pilots were taken during the captive selection process. The remaining juvenile pilots, approximately 20 in total, were eventually pushed out to open water. Pilot whales are comprised of a matriarchal society, complete with their own cultures and traditions. With no adults or “pilot” to guide them, their chances of survival are minimal at best.
Read – PILOT WHALE POD DECIMATED IN TAIJI’S DOLPHIN HUNTS
6-20 – BLUE
21 – After 15 consecutive Blue Cove days, a small pod of Risso’s dolphins was forced into the killing Cove.  One dolphin was declared suitable for captivity and taken away in a sling, on the side of a skiff. The others were left to be slaughtered. A struggle ensued as the dolphins tried to escape, only to be caught in the nets and pulled back to the killing area. The hunters quickly extinguished their lives.
Read – MIGRATING FAMILY OF RISSO’S DOLPHINS SLAUGHTERED IN THE COVE
22 -26 – BLUE
27 – Approximately 35 pilot whales pushed into the cove await their fate.
29 – After a day of terror, the ordeal ends for the pilot whales.  10 pilot whales were slaughtered and one young pilot whale died from the stress. 24 pilot whales were then released back to the ocean. These pilot whales endured unspeakable suffering. We can only hope that those pilot whales released will survive and never swim by the coast of Taiji again.
Read – TERROR IN THE COVE AS PILOT WHALES SLAUGHTERED
30 – BLUE

October

1-9 – Blue
10 – An unfortunate family pod of 6 Risso’s dolphins were swimming along the coast of Taiji at the wrong time today. Intercepted by the dolphin hunters and forced into the Cove after a long struggle. The dolphins were then manhandled and pushed under the tarps where trainers and hunters worked side by side determining each dolphin’s fate. Four were slaughtered, their suffering is over and two were taken for captivity. For those two, the suffering is just beginning.
11 – 38 rough-toothed dolphins were driven into The Cove, a lone pilot whale amongst them. A small number of rough-toothed were slaughtered, 9 were taken for captivity and the rest were released. In a second drive, 14 Risso’s dolphins were driven in, 11 were slaughtered, and 3 were released (including 2 young calves). The pilot whale was also released.
Read: MULTIPLE SPECIES OF DOLPHINS DECIMATED IN THE COVE
12-17 – Blue