Taiji Dolphin Predators Cannot Hide The Truth


By Kirsten Massebeau

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians Capture Risso’s Dolphin Drive November 19, 2012

Another pod of Risso’s dolphins approximately 15-20 found themselves surrounded and then driven to their death on October 19, 2012. Taiji, Japan  is a place where compassion towards dolphins is not common place.

Sea Shepherds Cove Guardians Capture an image of a tail roped dolphin being dragged to slaughter November 19, 2012

The dolphin hunters of Taiji have been devoid of feeling as evidenced by their consistently cruel and inhumane treatment of dolphins since they began the dolphin drive as we know it today that began in 1969 (source)

A Risso’s dolphins suffocates trapped in a net as hunters stand by doing nothing. Photo by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians November 19,2012

The hunters are a small group of men that have gone to great lengths for many years to hide the horrible death and suffering they have wrought upon dolphins. Fortunately the dolphin/ocean activists will always expose the truth. In making The academy award-winning documentary film “The Cove” Ric O’Barry, Louis Psihoyos and their team used a James Bond style approach that allowed the film-makers to capture the ugly truth about what was happening to dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The world was shocked and the film gave way to an organized presence of volunteers each year during the drive season. From September to March,  Sea Shepherds Cove GuardiansSave Japan Dolphins Cove Monitors, independent volunteers and other organizations, are the watchful eyes for the dolphins recording and reporting on the terrible dolphin suffering.

Despite several blue tarps SSCS Cove Guardian Melissa Seghal successfully takes footage of the Taiji dolphin butchers at work November 19,2012

Know matter how hard the dolphin hunters, and butchers have tried to hide this inhumane slaughter and capture, they cannot be careful enough. The truth will always be revealed.

Two dolphin butchers failed to cover the Risso’s intestines ripped from their innocent bodies. Photo captured Livestream SSCS Cove Guardians November, 19, 2012

The dolphin hunters are determined to continue the dolphin hunt and dolphin suffering indefinitely. At the same time dolphin activists whose ranks are growing exponentially everyday are equally as determined to end the dolphins suffering in Taiji forever. Each and every time the hunters pursue, and harm dolphins activists will be recording and broadcasting the truth about the inhumane treatment of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

Risso’s Dolphin Suffering Continues in The Cove


By Kirsten Massebeau

Risso’s dolphins netted off in The Cove, by SSCS Cove Guardians November 13, 2012

On November 13th the dolphin hunters of Taiji, Japan drove yet another pod of Risso’s dolphins into The Cove . This was the third small pod of Risso’s dolphins killed during the 2012-2013 season. A total of 38 Risso’s dolphins have been captured, with only seven being taken captive, four babies and juveniles cast out to sea, and the rest slaughtered.(source)

It is common knowledge that dolphins die slowly in Taiji. In an attempt to hide their dirty deeds the hunters drive a bamboo stake into the wounds to lessen the spill of dolphin blood into the cove extending the dolphin suffering upwards of 10 minutes.


Undercover footage taken by Dieter Hagmann of Atlantic Blue

Hunters and dolphin trainers from Dolphin Resort working side by side November 13, 2012

On November 13th the trainers arrived via skiff to carefully select two Risso’s dolphins for captivity. As the slaughter ensued the Dolphin Resort trainers took the traumatized dolphins away in slings to awaiting sea pens. Once trained the two dolphins can bring in upwards of $150,000.00 dollars each from aquariums, and marine parks worldwide. The meat is worth far less.

Risso’s Dolphins in Slings with Dolphin Hunters and Dolphin Base Trainers by SSCS Cove Guardians November 13, 2012

Only minutes after the skiff with the two captive dolphins left the cove the bodies of slaughtered pod were transferred between boat and skiff. The hunters failed to cover their handy work under yet another tarp of shame.

A dead Risso’s dolphin between boats for trip to butcher house by SSCS Cove Guardians November 13, 2012

Once at the butcher house these poor souls are carved up for local buyers who sell the toxic Mercury laced meat to buyers locally and online. You can see whale bacon for sale on Yahoo.jp.

Taiji, March 10, 2010 Photos by Vantive Foundation

The cruel drive hunt as we know it today began in 1969 and is a combination of a whaling history, pest control, and the hungry captive industry that pays well for their dolphin performers.

One particularly controversial form of these hunts, and the focus of this report, is the “drive
hunt” (sometimes called the “drive fishery” or “oikomiryou” in Japanese), in which dolphins and small whales are corralled by boats and driven, sometimes by their hundreds, into shallow water where they are killed for their meat and blubber. Not all the dolphins are killed, however. A growing and disturbing trend has surfaced that links the thriving aquarium (‘captivity’) industry to this archaic practice. Instead of driving dolphins to their death for human consumption and fertilizer, or as a means of what might be described as “pest control”, resulting from claims that dolphins significantly compete for fish with fisherman, fishing cooperatives are collaborating with national and international aquaria and marine amusement parks to select dolphins from these hunts for public display and human-dolphin interaction programmes. (Source)

What can you do? Our Save Japan Dolphin Cove Monitors and Sea Shepherds Conservation Societies Cove Guardians say don’t buy a ticket! Each and every time someone goes to a marine park, swim with dolphins, or attends dolphin assisted therapy they are supporting the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. Be a voice for the dolphins! You can learn more at Save Japan Dolphins and The Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project. Follow the Cove Guardians live stream direct from the cove during the dolphin drives.

Join us everyday at Champions for Cetaceans on Facebook and on our Sister page Save the Blood Dolphins everyday for drive updates and current dolphins issues.