I am pleased to report that not a single dolphin has been killed since I landed in Japan. Hells yes.
On non-slaughter days, we monitor the state of captive dolphins as well as the trade in whale, dolphin, bluefin tuna and other marine animals. In the past few days, I've seen fish larger than me and crabs larger than pillows. All dead. There are some amazing things around here and this could be one of the most amazing places on earth if people could stop fucking it up.
Seriously. How gorgeous is this?
I took that photo while waiting for the banger boats that drive the dolphins into the Cove for slaughter to return from their hunt. I love it. Partly because it's beautiful in and of itself and partly because it commemorates another day when no dolphins were murdered.
I'm obviously not here alone. If you'd like to read some other blogs documenting this experience, please check out:
Sea Shepherd's Official Cove Guardian Page
Red Sea Dead Sea
Dolphins of Taiji
Stand Up Today
Ocean on Fire (currently back in the US, but may continue to update about marine issues)