Updated: Dolphins await their fate after being rounded up in Japanese cove

****As of today, 20 January… hours ago, the Japanese have begun to slaughter the remaining dolphins. Watch Sea Shepherds live stream here.****
The pod of dolphins being held captive in the cove on the coast of Japan. (Bottom) the dolphins huddle around one incredibly rare young albino bottlenose

Luke Garratt
dailymail.co.uk
January 17, 2014

  • 250 dolphins being held captive, waiting for slaughter by spike or captivity
  • They will meet their fate tomorrow, when the selection process begins
  • The hunting process was documented in the Oscar winning film ‘The Cove’
  • Albino bottlenose dolphins are the rarest and will be captured and sold
  • Blame could lie with burgeoning Japanese marine park industry
  • Fishermen use brutal tactics to herd and capture the dolphins in the cove
  • The yearly killings mean the dolphin population is being decimated
  • Elder dolphins are killed or captured, meaning they cannot raise young
  • Over 250 dolphins are being held captive in a [infamous] cove on the coast of Japan, waiting for either a life in captivity, or slaughter.

    The bottlenose dolphins, including one young and very rare albino dolphin worth millions, will be kept until the brutal selection process of the aquarium industry begins on January 18.

    Those that aren’t taken to perform in shows will either face death by spear, or a gory corral back into the sea with their community much thinner and a lot weaker. 


    The cove in Taiji on the south-west coast of Japan was made famous in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove, which documented the entire process from capture, to selection, to aftermath. [The cove was made famous by Japanese fishermen slaughtering dolphins.]

    Within the captured pod there is a young albino bottlenose dolphin, who is likely to be kidnapped by the aquariums. 

    Albino bottlenose dolphins are extremely rare, and are worth considerable money to marine parks as spectator items and entertainment.

    The marine parks in Japan are modeled after the U.S. aquarium industry that make millions of dollars using dolphins for extremely popular aquatic acrobatic shows.

    If the dolphins that escape captivity are not killed, they are ‘driven’ back to the open ocean by ‘banger boats’ that force them to travel out to sea using long poles attached to the sides of the boat.

    These poles are deployed above the water, and then the fishermen hit a flange on the top of the poles with a hammer, creating a cacophony that drives the dolphins back out to sea. 

    This is the same tactic that the fisherman use to push the dolphins into the cove and capture them. 

    Those driven back to sea will likely be very young, and will not have the guidance of the elders that have been killed or captured, making them very unlikely to survive.

    Because the process is being repeated every year, entire communities of migratory dolphins along the coast of japan are being destroyed.

    The capturing and killing of the dolphins is mostly carried out by the Isana Fishermen’s union, who are being fought relentlessly by the Sea Shepher Conservation Society [and] Cove Guardians. [the dailymail really does make it a real pain in the f’ing ass for bloggers]

    *****
    BAD THINGS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN IF WE KEEP OUR HEADS BURIED IN THE SAND – CHANGE ONLY COMES FROM AWARENESS… START SEEING REALITY (IT’S STILL OUT THERE, SOMEWHERE, EVEN WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES OR KID YOURSELF THAT BEING IGNORANT HELPS):
    I’m sure there is someone out there looking at this and is horrified that will later take their kids to Sea World. You are partly responsible for events like this taking place. Eat tuna? They kill thousands of dolphins in tuna nets.

    Japan truly is the bane of the oceans. They are destroying the Pacific via Fukushima while constantly assaulting the beings that live within it.

    SEND A MESSAGE TO THE JAPANESE EMBASSY NEAR YOU TELLING THEM WHAT YOU THINK AND THAT YOU WILL CEASE BUYING JAPANESE GOODS.

    For those inside the United States, please send email to jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp.  

    UPDATE:

    How you can help:

    *****

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    2 comments

    1. Bryan Douebleu · January 18, 2014
    2. Bryan Douebleu · January 20, 2014

      I think maybe we should let the Chinese take Taiji.

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