This is not the place to write a love song…… The cove, Taiji. Japan.

I have been here about a week now and it does not get any easier. Many thoughts and feelings came rushing back to me the moment I arrived back in Taiji. This time the Japanese authorities have tightened up on security and obviously have been trained in detail for this killing season.
Riot police, Coast Guards patrol everywhere when there is a drive happening. Lots more scaffolding has been put in place in the cove and it has become a theatre of tarpaulin and wires.
The gutting barge is not used anymore, They kill the dolphins and slice them up within minutes rather than hours and take them back to the butcher shop covered at the side of the banger boats with blue tarp.

Under blue tarp

We know what you are doing

Everything is about concealment, hiding their catch, sneaking between dolphin pens and the fishermen union’s building. They honestly believe that if we can’t take pictures like last year then we will go away, This is where they are so terribly wrong. We know what is going on every time they drive innocent dolphins into the cove, they cannot throw blue tarpaulin over the ocean. We have enough incriminating footage to last a lifetime including the excellent documentary that compelled me to be here called “The Cove”
What amazes me is the money the government is spending to protect these fishermen! I would say that over 2 million USD is spent on policing Taiji this year and why? There are many struggling fishermen in Japan that would not have so much as have a Yen to support their fishing activities.
I believe the bigger picture is the trade the dolphins bring in for live export, They get maybe 500 USD per dead dolphin as opposed to $125,000 for a live one. It costs over 2K per day to take out 12 banger boats, Dead dolphins hardly make it viable.
So who picks up the tab for the riot police that sit in a camper van every day, the special escorts the coast guard provides, The extra police squads that are abundant now? Well, yes you guessed it, The tax payer! Trouble is, here nobody questions it, you would never have an “Occupy Taiji” protest amongst the locals.
The coastline here is amazing as is the country itself. The natural beauty i’m talking about but you don’t see the jet-ski or the surfer out on the ocean enjoying it, not even the waterski, every vessel around the coast of Japan is built for killing. Everybody is out there pulling stuff out of the ocean. Kind of ironic that the Japanese make all the water sport toys in the world with their high powered engines. Not here though, this place is Macabre, there is a sense of evilness… Yesterday 13 Risso’s dolphins were murdered in the cove, 3 hours later I went with Ady Gil on his boat into the cove under the heavy scrutiny of the authorities. It was a disturbing journey filled with emotions that i am not intelligent enough to articulate here.

I will be here again, not because i want to but i feel i have to, Somebody has to write for these dear souls of the ocean and make aware of their plight, I dedicate this to all the passionate people that give up their own money to be here for the animals. I see compassion in their faces and love. I only see hate from the hosts.

This is not the place to write a love song……

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4 Responses to “This is not the place to write a love song…… The cove, Taiji. Japan.”

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  1. Pencia says:

    I cannot imagine witnessing the dolphin slaughters….thank you for your compassion & helping us keep up to date on what is going on….being so very far away & everyday from October til March praying that none will die today breaks my heart…..I was looking at all the early videos that Hardy Jones did on this & realize that now Taiji is the only place left where they drive them in for the kill….they still have the torpedo boats going though & the madness of those numbers is just so mindblowing…..I wrack my brain & wonder how the can live with themselves

  2. Thank you Martyn for being at the cove for the Dolphins. I know what it is like to be there and what it takes, but for the love of Dolphins you do it. . To bear witness for them so that they do not die alone or unheard is a great thing. Remember this when its all too much….. Im sure you do. I love your passion and compassion. Bless you dear man. Kerry.

  3. Katey Ford says:

    Martyn i admire your strength and passion so much! if only there were more people like you! im so glad the dolphins have you to speak for them! Im so proud to be from the same family :) xx

  4. Barbara Lovett says:

    Martyn, I feel your sadness and your compassion for the dolphins who lose their precious lives in the Cove, and I cry with the same sadness and frustration every time it happens. Thank you for being you and for being with those precious lives in their last moments on this horrible earth.

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