If tears could build a staircase and memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again…..
I never thought after yesterday things would start the way they did but I must be totally stupid to have thought any other way.
The morning started as planed, We met at 06:30 and went off to see if the boats had left the harbour. Sure enough, all 12 dolphin boats were gone from their mooring births. We went off to one of the highest points in Taiji to see if we could see them driving in. The bird sound in the morning was lovely and everything felt like a “stepford wife” situation, Perfect world, perfect setting! I recorded some of the bird sounds (as i do) and took pictures of the amazing coastline. Then on the horizon we saw 7 boats, they were unmistakingly the banger boats and dolphin molesters, You could tell by their formation as they drove towards the mainland.
It was hard to see if there were any dolphins with them but judging by the way they maneuvered, you would have thought so for sure.
As time passed and they got nearer, you could see surf breaking and a large dark patch that somehow resembled a washing machine cycle. Round and round you could see confused dolphins jumping out of the ocean trying to get away from that banging sound that so torments them. I could then see 9-10 boats driving this huge pod of dolphins including families and young. I took a guess of around 50 to a 100 dolphins hugging together. As the boats got closer there was this evil feeling about the place and a shroud of darkness turned the light coloured rocks to dark. I was about to witness a massacre that just never registered possible yesterday.
We quickly packed our equipment together to race off to the next vantage point, one that we call “Mountain pass” Here you could see the boats coming together and hear that god awful banging.
A wall of sound was trapping these amazing animals from escaping. I wanted to cover their ears and get them away from it but i stood there hopeless and empty.
Suddenly half of the pod split up and escaped away from the boats and headed out to sea, A couple of Banger boats turned on them but they made their escape and I was wondering if this could turn out the way I wanted it to?
It was not to be and the 50 or so were pushed into the killing cove.
My heart sank and tears were hard to keep from running down my cheeks. You know the rest of the story because it happens too many times. The gutting barge got into place draped in Blue tarpaulin and the small boats headed into the cove to kill this family of dolphins that thought could pass this country unharmed on their way north this morning!
The molesters have got this off to a fine art now and killed the dolphins in about 35 minutes. They use 3 small boats to transport the paralyzed dolphins to the barge and gut them alive, they drag them with their tails lassoed to the boats, some drown but most are gutted alive. It is as sick as it gets. After, the same small boats bring in the bodies to the infamous Butcher house. The fishermen now try to hide their acts by holding large blue tarpaulin over the boats as they attempt to drag the corpses into the slaughter house without us seeing.
It makes you wonder, If this is their tradition, why are they hiding it? They go out of their way now to conceal their evil acts. The Police watch us as though we are the criminals but it’s the fishermen that have blood on their hands. We were followed by our every move today.
We need to keep this pressure up on the Japanese government and get this stopped. I will be reporting live everytime the molesters leave in their boats and you can call the embassies throughout the reports. We can get this stopped if WE want to….
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With a sad and empty heart, I hope not to report tomorrow…..