What is Kamogawa SeaWorld’s Connection to the Taiji Dolphin Hunt? Say No to The Importation of A Pacific White-Sided Dolphin


By Kirsten Massebeau

Kamogawa SeaWorld 2009 White Sided Dolphin by K.K.

Kamogawa SeaWorld 2009 Pacific white-sided Dolphin by Keiba Kate.

In what seems a bold move SeaWorld a company already on the hot seat due to the death of Dawn Branchau, David Kirby’s recent book, “Death at SeaWorld”, and the soon to be released documentary, “Blackfish” have requested a permit to import a Pacific white-sided dolphin from Kamogawa SeaWorld in Japan. Kirara was born  May 3, 2006 in captivity at Kamogawa SeaWorld. In the statement for import permit Kamogawa SeaWorld states these points about the dolphin candidates parents Spica and Hokuto:

“Sire was incidentally captured in set net located at Araisaki, Kyoto prefecture, Japan on Feb. 8, 1994 and transferred to Kinosaki Marine World on same date. He was moved to Kamogawa Sea World on Nov. 8, 1994.

Dam was incidentally captured in set net located at honjo, Kyoto prefecture, Japan on Feb. 5, 1994 and transferred to Kinosaki Marine World on same date. She was moved to Kamogawa Sea World on Nov. 8, 1994. Kinosaki Marine World is one of JAZA aquariums. Both animals were not captured by “drive fishery”.(Source)

Pacific white-sided dolphin drive capture/kill January 2013By SSCS Cove Guardians

Pacific white-sided dolphin drive capture/kill January 2013
By SSCS Cove Guardians

“In spite of NGOs’ opposition, the Japan Fisheries Agency added the Pacific white-sided dolphins to the catch-quota of the drive hunt in 2007. Since then, this species has been hunted and captured alive. — 86 dolphins were hunted until the last season (from September 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011) . It seems that about 85 percent of them were captured alive and sent to aquariums”. (Source)

According to Ceta-Base’s marine mammal inventory Kamogawa SeaWorld acquired three Pacific White-Sided dolphins from the “wild” in January of 2007 named: Great, Ku, and Sky. Leon and Span two other Pacific white-sided dolphins show no acquisition data (Source)  Ceta-Base also notes during Taiji drive fisheries, Season 2007/2008 & 2008/2009 21 Pacific white-sided dolphins were caught, 5 were killed & 16 live captured. (source) Many of the dolphins at Kamogawa SeaWorld are listed as wild caught. See the list here.

Elsa in their comments on the addition of Pacific White-Sided dolphins to drive fisheries cites aquariums as the source of motivation:

An internal communication sent by the Japan Cetacean Conference on Zoological Gardens and Aquariums (Senzo Uchida, Executive Secretary) on August 16, 2006 to the directors of zoos and aquariums which are members of the Cetacean Conference (see attachment) noted that Pacific white-sided dolphins are hard to obtain, and that not all aquarium directors who desire to obtain them have done so. The letter states, “Permission has not been granted to take Pacific white-sided dolphins at Taiji, and therefore drive fisheries for them are not allowed. But if the capture of Pacific white-sided dolphins becomes possible at Taiji, it will benefit aquariums with cetaceans, and fishers. (source)

Pacific-White Sided dolphins capture January 2013by SSCS Cove Guardians

Pacific-white sided dolphins capture cruel and brutal January 2013
by SSCS Cove Guardians

There are many other obvious reasons why Kirara should not be imported to the United States. Kirara will be removed from her family and moved across the world to live with strangers who may not be happy to have a new member in their space. She would also be forced to travel in a small coffin like container for approximately 20 hours before reaching her destination SeaWorld in Texas. (Source)

Be a voice for the dolphins imprisoned in marine parks worldwide.

Be a voice for the dolphins imprisoned in marine parks worldwide.

Speak out for the Pacific white-sided dolphins. For United States aquariums and marine parks to do business with any aquarium associated with drive fisheries is not upholding the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Asking NOAA for a hearing on this permit is imperative. The comment and request for a hearing ends on March 6, 2013 only days away so act now! Contact NOAA and politely ask them to refuse the permit and schedule a hearing. Request that Kamogawa SeaWorld prove they have no connection to drive fisheries with any of the dolphins they display. Read through the permit application and compose your objections and comments.

Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301)713-0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. 17754 in the subject line of the email comment.Show citation box

Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jennifer Skidmore or Kristy Beard, (301)427-8401 from NOAA/NMFS. (source)

Dolphins Crying for Help: What Marine Parks Don’t Want You To Know


By Kirsten Massebeau

Bottlenose dolphins have last moments together before being dragged to slaughter. By SSCS C.G. 1.20.13

Bottlenose dolphins have last moments together before being dragged to slaughter.
By SSCS C.G. January 20, 2013

“Blackfish” the new documentary about the captive industry being previewed at the Sundance Film Festival is making waves as it delves into the dark side of captivity. Marineparks are coming under scrutiny as it becomes more obvious everyday that captvity for dolphins is ultimately a death sentence with nothing but suffering along the way.

Taiji, Japan is a perfect example of a place marine parks do not want people to think, or know about. Every year Japanese dolphin hunters are given permits to hunt over 2000 dolphins. A portion are taken for captivity and the rest are slaughtered in the infamous killing cove. Made famous in 2009 when the academy award winning documentary The Cove was released revealing to the world where captivity begins.

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins and trainers working with killers By SSCS C.G's January 21, 2013

Pantropical Spotted Dolphins and trainers working with killers
By SSCS C.G’s January 21, 2013

In the cove killers and trainers many of them IMATA certified work side by side as the brutal captive process and slaughter takes place. During a recent pantropical dolphin drive several dolphins died during the selection process and one that was badly injured was returned to the killing cove and slaughtered with his pod mates.

“54-56 pantropical spotted dolphins were driven into the cove after fighting with everything they had to escape the killers. Trainers from all three captive facilities and killers selected 27 Spotted dolphins for a life in captivity, however, 2 of them died within minutes from the stress they incurred during the drive and selection process. In addition to those, 1 Spotted dolphin was injured so badly that as it left the cove with trainers, the skiff turned around and left the dolphin with killers for slaughter. The 26-28 left over Spotted dolphins were seen as unfit for captivity, but not the butcher house floor, as they were slaughtered at the hands of killers”.

— at Taiji, Japan. (Source)

Many dolphins are kept in the tiny sea pens awaiting transport to Marineparks and AquariumsBy Martyn Stewart January 10, 2013

Many dolphins are kept in the tiny sea pens awaiting transport to Marineparks and Aquariums
By Martyn Stewart January 10, 2013

Taiji harbor, the Whale Museum, and Dolphin Base are loaded with captive dolphins. Each dolphin brings sells for about $150,000 trained and $38,000 untrained. These dolphins are then shipped worldwide. Many are shipped to China, Korea, and the Middle East. It is rumored that these countries can work as stopping points through which the dolphins are shipped to change place of origin.

A Taiji Dolphin at the Dubai Dolphinarium 2012

A Taiji Dolphin at the Dubai Dolphinarium 2012

The Dubai dolphinarium openly purchases dolphins from the cruel Taiji dolphin drives. In addition, their trainers are IMATA certified. A list of marineparks, aquariums, dolphinariums that purchase Taiji dolphins can found here 

Parks like SeaWorld claim to no longer stock using Taiji dolphins directly. Conversely, they do not oppose aquariums and marine parks that do.

“SeaWorld has apparently never taken any action against the drives themselves.

Their argument seems to go as follows: There’s nothing shameful about benetifing from a massacre that would still occur anyway, with or without the sale of certain traumatized animals lucky enough to be spared execution and dispatched to a faraway tank for fun and profit.

Three years ago, after the release of the Oscar-winning film The Cove,MSNBC reported that SeaWorld “refused to condemn those who still buy from Taiji.” Company spokesman Fred Jacobs, “likened such purchases to a salvage operation that prevents some animals from being killed.” (source)

A Taiji Dolphin at the Batumi aquarium 2012

Who is ultimately responsible for the dolphin suffering that takes place in Taiji, Japan? The marine parks and aquariums are complicit but what about the consumers? Everytime a consumer buys a ticket to any marine park world wide they support the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. Captivity pays the bills. Without the support of the captive industry the slaughter would have died long ago. Those that eat dolphin numbers are few but the captive industry keeps the drive alive.

“No aquarium, no tank in a marineland, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea,” Jacques Cousteau once said. “And no dolphin who inhabits one of these aquariums or one of those marinelands can ever be considered normal.”

While lucrative captive industries continue to provide financial momentum, wild dolphins in Taiji and larger Japan will continue to lose their lives in barbaric drive hunts.

Pragmatically, however, it is up to patrons of dolphin shows to abstain from supporting marine mammal parks by accepting responsibility that their tickets pay a much larger price—and that price may be the life of a Taiji dolphin.

So don’t buy a ticket”. (source)

Improve your Tweet for the Environment


By Kirsten Massebeau

#dolphinsloveus #ecoleaders #tweet4dolphins

#Environmental #hashtags #dolphinsloveus #ecoleaders #tweet4dolphins

For the environmental activist social media success means sharing your message, and finding receptive listeners who are willing to take action for the health of our planet, and welfare of people and animals. On January 21, 2013 at 7pm Eastern time activists will have a chance to improve their skills on Twitter and become more effective. Michael Q.Todd social media guru and Twitter expert is hosting a webinar on Tweeting for the environment:

Michael Q Todd, Jackie Bigford, June Stoyer, Paige Nelson and others will discuss and share thoughts about using Twitter. The focus will be on how environmental causes and individuals can use Twitter more effectively.

When to tweet/ What hashtags to use?
How to manage your account and more.

Please go to http://youtube.com/michaelqtodd to watch live and to ask questions during the webinar. 

The Twitter hashtag will be #EcoMonday
Please  join the event and share it to your friends and in your environmental groups.

Be the best you can be and help dolphins, whales, the ocean, and the planet!           Together we can make a difference!

2013 Brings New Hope for Dolphins


By Kirsten Massebeau

Dolphin Watching Fireworks by Born Free Facebook

Dolphin Watching Fireworks by Born Free Facebook

2013 offers new hope for dolphins everywhere! In 2012 there were some significant events that can only mean new, positive changes for dolphins. SeaWorld lost their bid to overturn the OSHA decision banning dolphin trainers from getting into the water and performing with Orca all of this stemming from the death of Dawn Brancheau’s death  in 2010 (source). In July David Kirby published his revealing book “Death At Sea World” that would crush the happy picture of captivity created by the captive industry forever.

On May 11, 2012 Born Free released Tom and Misha back into the ocean after two years of preparation. Tom and Misha were captured in 2010 off provincial port of Ismir in Turkey. They were then sent to a tourist hot spot  Hisaronu where they were kept in horrific conditions used in a swim with dolphins. Thanks to the work of Donal MacIntyre a journalist, Dolphin Angels, and Born Free today the dolphins swim free!

“Helen Worth had been with the project since the beginning, and said, “When I first saw them in that hell of a pool I wondered if they would survive. It’s been the most heart-wrenching journey with so many challenges but each and every one of them has been overcome by the team and, most importantly, by Tom and Misha themselves. The drama and emotion of Tom and Misha’s story is an inspiration.” (source)

November 23, 2012 Japan March for Dolphins and Whales By Michael Todd

November 24, 2012 Tokyo March for Dolphins and Whales By Michael Todd

November 24, 2012 gave way to a historic march for whales and dolphin in protest of whale and dolphin hunting, and capture. While dolphin and whale hunting continues to be sanctioned by the government in Japan, Japanese activists are coming forth and joining the International campaign to save whales and dolphins worldwide. These brave pioneers bring an entirely new perspective to ocean activism and animal welfare. Thanks to social media ocean activists can join together on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms sharing information, and taking action from all over the world.

Marcos the baby dolphin

Marcos the baby dolphin rescued August 20, 2012 By PROMAR

On August 20, 2012 baby dolphin Marcos was discovered by the Spanish Civil  Guard who then alerted PROMAR a non-profit organization in the South of Spain. A striped dolphin Marcos species normally lives in the deep waters. How was separated from his mother and got so close to shore is unknown. PROMAR dedicated to dolphin freedom has and is doing everything possible to make sure Marcos has a successful release. They hope to locate a pod of the striped dolphins using a helicopter and then release Marcos into the group. It is a huge undertaking but Marcos has come a long way. Promar working with Ric O’Barry and The Dolphin Project believe Marcos has a shining wild and free future ahead! Join Marcos on Facebook and see how you can help!

Dolphins slaughtered while IMATA celebrates in Hong KongTaiji dolphins by SSCS Cove Guardians 2012

Dolphins slaughtered while IMATA celebrates in Hong Kong
 Dolphins in the cove By SSCS Cove Guardians  December 2012

Sadly the total disconnect with dolphins continues in Taiji, Japan and the overall captive industry. While International Marine Animal Trainers Association ( IMATA) trainers, many of whom work with Taiji dolphins celebrated their profits, dolphins were being captured and slaughtered in the cove. For several days bottlenose dolphins watched as a pod of short finned pilot whales suffered, and then were slowly slaughtered. Eventually the dolphin hunters turned their sights to the bottlenose and their cruel and inhumane treatment of dolphins continued. If that wasn’t enough on December 7th, a small pod of Risso’s dolphins was captured, the entire pod immediately slaughtered. Join the campaign asking IMATA to stop the slaughter. During the IMATA conference December 2-7, 2012  the dolphin deaths and suffering in the cove seemed endless:

  • 02-Dec-2012:  2 pods, bottlenose (16) & pilots (12) driven, held overnight
  • 03-Dec-2012:  12 pilots killed, dolphins remain held in the cove (from Dec 2nd drive)
  • 04-Dec-2012:  9 bottlenose taken as live-capture, 7 bottlenose killed (from Dec 2nd drive)
  •  07-Dec-2012: 15 Risso’s Dolphins captured and killed (source)
Screen print from Cove Guardians livestream 2012

Screen print from taiji.ezearth.tv  December 13. 2012 Taken by STBD

As discouraging as the ignorance and cruelty towards dolphins is in Taiji, and the captive industry, there is hope on the horizon. Thanks to Social Media and the ability to share information Sea Shepherds Cove Guardians and Save Japan Dolphins Cove Monitors are able to report on the drive real-time on Facebook and Twitter which allows activists to share worldwide. The real kicker for 2012 was the live stream taiji.ezearth.tv done by the Cove Guardians. From the minute a pod is spotted thru the horrific processing of their bodies the live stream is on exposing the horrors of Taiji and the captive dolphin industry.

Wild and Free! Ric O'Barry  The Dolphin Project

Wild and Free!  Ric O’Barry The Dolphin Project 2012

Ocean activist’s are growing in numbers everyday through many social media platforms. As Ric O’Barry says,”Be your own media, make your own network”. 2013 will offer new angles and ways to make a difference for dolphins as we continue to share the message captivity kills! Don’t buy a ticket! Together we can make a difference.

Join Champions for Cetaceans and our sister page Save The Blood Dolphins on Facebook for drive updates and dolphin issues daily.

Mothers and Baby Dolphins Shown No Mercy


Mother and Baby Dolphin December 20,212 Taiji. By SSCS Cove Guardians

Mother and Baby Striped Dolphins December 20,212 Taiji. By SSCS Cove Guardians

As families around the world come together for Christmas celebrations hearts swell as people realize how important family is, how much joy our children bring us, and how lucky we are to have them in our lives. Unfortunately for a pod of striped deep pelagic dolphins their would be no December celebrations, or new year to look forward too thanks to the dolphin hunters of Taiji.

On December 20, 2012 Taiji dolphin hunters drove a pod of 25-30 striped dolphins loaded with mothers and their babies into the cove. These deep-sea dolphins are known for panicking when forced into shore. As the killers dropped the nets the dolphins panicked many throwing themselves on the rocks and becoming entwined in the nets.

Panicked striped dolphins would be shown no mercy

Panicked striped dolphins would be shown no mercy. December 20, 2012                             by SSCS Cove Guardians

The chaos began early on as mothers attempted to protect their babies and dolphins panicked rushed onto the rocks becoming entwined in the nets. No mercy would be shown, no help would be given. Instead the entire pod was slowly pushed under the tarps of suffering and shame. Dolphin trainers from the Taiji Whale Museum worked side by side with the dolphin killers under the tarps but no dolphins would be selected. Much like Auschwitz the little family was pushed to their slow deaths, mothers and babies clinging to each other until the very end.

Japanese fishermen claim they kill dolphins instantaneously and without pain. This video WHICH IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC  shows that it can take 7 minutes for a dolphin to die an agonizing death. The video was taken from an earlier drive at great personal risk by German journalist Dieter Hagmann at Taiji, Japan.

Dolphin bodies hidden under tarps. December 20, 2012. By SSCS Cove Guardians

Dolphin bodies lie side by side in death hidden under tarps.                           December 20, 2012. By SSCS Cove Guardians

December has been an ugly month for dolphin pods that have attempted to migrate past Taiji. This small coastal town made famous in the academy award winning film, The Cove continues to kill dolphin families, showing no mercy for mothers or their young. Taiji again gives dolphins the gift of suffering and slow death for yet another Christmas.

Each year the dolphin slaughter of Taiji is monitored and recorded by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians and Save Japan Dolphins Taiji Cove Monitors. Both can now be found on Facebook and Twitter as they report back to the world exposing the terrible abuses to dolphins in Taiji. The slaughter of dolphins is supported by those sold in the Captivity. Please don’t buy a ticket!

Five Days of Dolphin Hell in The Cove Contiues


By Kirsten Massebeau

Bottlenose dolphin super-pod trapped in the cove. By SSCS Cove Guardians December 12, 2012

Bottlenose dolphin super-pod trapped in the cove.
By SSCS Cove Guardians December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012 the Taiji dolphin hunters hit the jackpot!”Taiji: Huge pod of Bottlenose dolphins being driven toward the cove”(source)  And so the long cruel days ahead for the super pod of bottlenose dolphins began. It took the killers two trips to push the giant pod thick with calves and juveniles into the cove. The dolphin hunters had found the very thing that has lined their pockets with gold, the most desired dolphin by the captive industry bottlenose! It took all day to secure almost two hundred dolphins many of them mothers and calves. Once the task of herding and netting off the cove was complete the hunters left their victims  and the cove for the day: “Killers have left the cove after putting up nets- the Bottlenose Dolphins will remain in the cove tonight… December 12, 2012”. (source) Later a call to action was put out by the SSCS Cove Guardians to contact IMATA (International Marine Animal Trainers Association) and WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) asking them to stop supporting the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

Two Taiji Dolphins in a tiny pool under a stadium panicked and stressed far from the ocean at Sharm-el-Sheikh

Two Taiji Dolphins in a tiny pool under a stadium panicked and stressed far from the ocean at Sharm-el-Sheikh

Taiji is the largest exporter of captive dolphins. Taiji dolphins are sent to aquariums, Marine Parks, swim with dolphins programs and facilities that are supported by both IMATA and WAZA. The captive dolphins taken in these drives often end up in dire situations as seen above.These two Taiji dolphins were shipped to Egypt where they have been placed in a tiny chlorinated pool underneath a stadium. They appear stressed and panicked. Their families, and the ocean have been taken from them forever.

Many died in the nets as the capture process continued. By SSCS Cove Guardians December 13th, 2012

Day 2: Several dolphins entangled in the nets or were injured as the capture process continued.
By SSCS Cove Guardians December 13th, 2012

Day two was ugly as expected as families were torn apart and babies ripped from their mothers sides. Trainers and dolphin killers arrived in their skiffs early in the morning on December 13th. It would be a terrible and long day for the dolphins. Activists watched the Cove Guardians on livestream and Twitter  as they broadcast real-time directly from the cove. Sad reports of death and suffering continued to funnel in through-out the day: “Taiji: 16 dolphins captive so far. One calf died after being entangled in nets- its mother tried to save it before it disappeared”.(source)
December 13, 2012 Bottlenose captureBy SSCS Cove Guardians

Day 2: December 13, 2012 Bottlenose capture By SSCS Cove Guard

The dolphin killers wrestled and pushed dolphins around the cove . Dolphins were caught in the nets as they tried to escape, many drowning while others that resisted were roped and dragged into the killing cove where killers and trainers waited for the selection process. December 13, 2012 was a long violent day in the cove for these dolphins. At the end of the day a total of 32 bottlenose dolphins had been selected.
December 14, 2012 the capture and suffering continue.By SSCS Cove Guardians

Day 3: December 14, 2012 the capture and suffering continue.
By SSCS Cove Guardians

Day three brought more suffering and violent captures. The super pod had now been three days with no food. By 11:30 am in Japan 28 dolphins had been taken: “Taiji: 28 dolphins have been taken so far today- 60 including yesterday’s”! (Source) As always in the cove dolphin death and suffering go hand in hand with capturing these highly intelligent beings: “Taiji: two dead bodies have just been found by divers and taken out from within the cove” (source)

Day four was a day off for the dolphin trainers and hunters so the pod spent another day without food or water netted off in the cove. “As a downpour sets in around Taiji- killers take the day off and leave the Bottlenose Dolphins for another day”! Four days with without food or water”(souce)

Day 5: Frenzied Dolphins and Killers by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians December 16, 2012

Day 5: Frenzied Dolphins and Killers by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians December 16, 2012

Frenzied is the word that best describes the dolphin captures on day 5. The hunters continued to push the hungry and frantic dolphins from the netted area into to the killing cove where trainers waited under tarps for another day of selection. Each time the killers rushed into the netted areas with their skiffs the dolphins would dart into the nets in an attempt to gain their freedom. Sadly the killer know this game all to well. The killers dressed in diving suits dropped from the skiffs into the water with the dolphins in an attempt to keep the dolphins out of the nets and push them towards the killing cove. Dolphins that resist are roped by their fluke (tail) and dragged into the killing cove. Once under the tarps they are looked over for scars, and imperfections that deem them unsuitable for captivity. Only the most beautiful dolphins will be selected. A captive bottlenose dolphin that has been trained can bring upwards 150,000 dollars while a slaughtered dolphin only brings them around $600.00 to $700.00 per dolphin for their meat. Violent captures, usually followed by slaughter has lined the killers pockets yet the captive industry remains silence. At the end of the fifth day 31 dolphins were selected for captivity bringing the total to 93. “Nothing but greed, selfishness and profit” (Source) As the pod was left for yet another night activists could not help but tremble in thinking about all those still in the cove awaiting their fate on day 6 in the killing cove.

Please be a voice for the dolphins! There are still dolphins awaiting their fate in the cove. Take a moment and contact IMATA and WAZA. If they truly care about dolphins then they must speak up or retract their mission statements of conservation and caring.

IMATA CONTACT DETAILS:
Phone: 312-692-3193
Fax: 312-939-2216
E-mail: info@imata.org

WAZA CONTACT DETAILS:
Phone +41 (0)22 999 07 90
Fax +41 (0)22 999 07 91
Email: secretariat@waza.org

Japan Fisheries Public Content Form:https://www.contact.maff.go.jp/maff/form/114e.html

Contacts via Twitter:
US Ambassador to Japan @AmbassadorRoos
Japanese Prime Minister @JPN_PMOUS
Embassy in Tokyo @usembassytokyo
Political Minister at Japanese Embassy in London @norishikata

Japanese Embassies Worldwide:http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

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.