We awoke to another day of clear skies and little wind, good weather for some- horrible weather for dolphins! Driving through Taiji Harbour this morning, we were pleased to see that 2 of the dolphin herding boats had stayed in port… meaning that there were 10 boats out along the coastline, just waiting for the migrating dolphins to swim by. Whilst still in the harbour, we noticed the ‘gutting barge’ sitting idly on the water, with it’s big blue tarpaulins drawn and tied, with no ‘fishermen’ in sight… This gave us a perfect opportunity to photograph the barge, and gave an up close look at the vessel responsible for one of the most horrific aspects of the slaughter..
Afterwards, we made our way out to a lookout, to search for the herding boats, and see if they were to be bringing back with them innocent dolphins… After a while of watching the boats scouring the coastline for dolphins, we were thrilled to see that a few were returning! Two came in at first, which was quickly followed by another couple, and not long after- all boats had returned to the cove! This was great news for the day, meaning that no dolphins would be slaughtered…
There is a large amount of Cove Guardians in Taiji at the moment- a fantastic sign, and a real indication that the word is getting out there! It is so good to see so many people so passionate and dedicated to this cause… having only been here in Taiji for two days now, I can safely say that I have met some amazing and fantastic people, who will go a long way in making a difference for the beautiful animals of our oceans… I am so excited at the chance I have in the next three months to work alongside some inspirational people, as well as meeting individuals who can help us help the dolphins! Anyone can become a Cove Guardian, if you’d like to find out more, head to Sea Shepherd’s website…
It is about 2am at the moment, and we’re up once again bright and early tomorrow morning to head to the cove… I will have a more detailed account tomorrow afternoon, as well as new photos and videos from the last few days!
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