2020 a terrible year for the world, has continued to be horrific for cetaceans migrating along the Kuroshio current past Taiji, Japan. December a bloody month in Taiji would end the year with a female minke whale trapped in set nets owned by the cruel dolphin hunters of Taiji, OSANA fisheries. For 12 days the whale has circled, dove deep and fought for a way out of her terrible prison. Unlike other counties, and other areas of Japan, that rush to rescue whales from nets, that has not been the case in Taiji, Japan. She has been left to suffer, slowly starving to death.
Ren Nabuki of LIA has fought to free the whale, arguing with the dolphin hunters who have simply refused to release her. As evidenced during 2020 and years passed they simply lack empathy of any kind. While this female whale has been left to die this year the hunters have demonstrated a new voracity for cruelty with dolphins as the pods of dolphins have become more depleted with each new year. Barbara Napoles of Save the Blood Dolphins has often said, “They won’t stop until they have killed or captured every dolphin.” Undoubtedly this includes any whale misfortunate enough to wander too close to Taiji.
UPDATE 1/11/21 Japan time:
The dolphin killers have slaughtered the juvenile minke they have had trapped in the nets since the end of December. They went out early this morning and slaughtered her at sea.
The propensity of the dolphin killers for cruelty is a constant of the Osana dolphin hunters that run the town of Taiji. It is a terrible place that will always represent cruelty towards dolphins and other ocean beings. These men do not show respect for the ocean and her children. It is for that the world will remember the monsters of Taiji.
150 melon headed whales washed up onto the shores of of Ibaraki, Japan April 10, 2015 (Japan times). Local residents and officials worked tirelessly to help the melon headed whales but sadly only three were eventually re-floated. These gregarious, and highly intelligent whales live in tight social communities, and are deep divers very susceptible to sonar and seismic testing. Each day strandings are increasing worldwide as the Navy, and Oil and Gas Corporations plunder the ocean with sound in warfare games, and in search of oil and gas pockets.
It is of no surprise to opponents of sonar and seismic testing that this tragic incident would take place. Immediately prior to the stranding the US Navy was roaming the Pacific Ocean U.S. 7th Fleet AOR in Japanese waters.
The Navy openly states, the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 was “Underway” in the first weeks of April. While they will release some locations of their movements, their actions remain “top secret” because of “security”. The LHD 6 is not just one ship but a component of a “fleet” of destroyers, helicopters, and submarines, that move at high speeds emitting sonar, underwater charges, marine fire and many other activities that, “harass” and kill cetaceans. Deep divers like the melon headed whales can suddenly lose control of their ability to pressurize their bodies at deep depths due to the intensified ping of warships, sonar, sonar buoys, and underwater charges.