Week Twelve in Taiji
November 18 – Blue
November 19 –22 – Red
Day one: We Are Family: First Pod of Pilot Whales Terrorized in Taiji. “I am shocked by the drive we witnessed today of 50 or more pilot whales. I could see them spyhopping at the nets, trying to figure out what was happening. The matriarch was swimming through the pod, checking on everyone, while babies clung to their mothers and big males swam in circles. All family members were tightly bound together for protection and comfort.” ~ Cynthia Fernandez, Senior Dolphin Project Cove Monitor
- All boats head out to search for dolphins 2015-11-19 6:10 am
- Boats have found a pod and are coming together to the south.
- Pod spotted and is being chased down by the boats with black smoke billowing.
- One group being held outside harbor while boats go back for more
- First drive of pilot whales now netted in the cove. Hunters still at sea driving in 2nd pod.
- Large family of pilot whales huddle together for comfort as more are brought in. 12:55pm
- 2nd pod now inside the killing nets. 40 or so pilot whales of all ages.
- They are huddled tightly together protecting younger ones. They are spy hopping terrified
- Read: The first pod of pilot whales are spending their last night alive in The Cove – bit.ly/1lwSHik
Day Two: Carnage in the Cove. After being netted in the cove and left overnight, with no access to food, the pod of approximately 50 pilot whales would soon learn their fate as divers arrived first thing the following morning. Skiffs were manoeuvred into place while nets were rearranged as approximately half of the pod was separated from the group. The remaining dolphins were terrorized as they were pushed closer towards shallow water and ultimately under the tarps where they would meet their violent end.
- Here with the pilot whale pod at the cove this morning in their last hours.
- The pod of pilot whales huddles together near the outer net as preparations for the slaughter begin.
- Lifeless bodies of pilot whales await transfer to the butcher house.
- The surviving pilot whales huddle together as the bodies of their family are dragged by them.
- The remaining pod members will be kept overnight. Must be so traumatized and hungry.
- Read: Unspeakable cruelty: remaining pilot whales held for 2nd night. – bit.ly/1MZ5Vid
Day Three: I watched as a youngster kept rubbing its little body against one of the surviving adult pilot whales. When I thought this scene couldn’t get more sickening, I saw another juvenile swim by with blood smeared across its dorsal fin. After over 62 hours of being held hostage in the cove, they were, once again, left alone overnight, with no access to food.” ~ Cynthia Fernandez, Dolphin Project Senior Cove Monitor
Read: Dolphin Brutality Continues http://bit.ly/1N0aSTH
Day Four: The release itself is an entirely separate story. In some ways, it’s as horrific, if not even more so, than the actual slaughter itself.” ~ Cynthia Fernandez, Dolphin Project Senior Cove Monitor
- Dumping small pilot whales back out to the ocean.
- One young pilot whale entangled in a sling & drowned at sea. Unimaginable cruelty.
- Release has gone bad. This dolphin trapped in nets. Struggling for life.
- Two of about eight pilot whales remain in the cove. Others dumped back at sea.
- A young pilot whale escaped the sling and was left behind.
- Release gone horribly wrong is over. Not sure how many will survive.
Read: Pilot Whales Meet Tragic End in Taiji – http://bit.ly/1NJX3Jy
November 23 – 24 – Blue
Pic Credits – Dolphin Project