Numbered Days…

Waking up to the sound of pouring rain has never been so soothing as it is here in Taiji… as we prepared for our morning drive to the Harbour, we were all a little more at ease than usual due to the rainfall.

As we reached the harbour, we were able to confirm that once again there will be no dolphins slaughtered in the cove… the weather this month has been great for the dolphins off the coast of Japan- preventing at least a few weeks of hunting and slaughters!

We were quickly reminded of the other major industry fuelling this slaughter, however… As we drove by the Fisheries Union, we noticed two transportation trucks that had just had dolphins loaded into them from the harbour pens… we are not 100% sure exactly how many dolphins were taken all up, but it is likely that it was between 5 and 8. These dolphins will now spend the rest of their lives in captivity…

As our days are numbered here, we have started to make our way around to our favourite local restaurants and cafes to say goodbye to the locals who have been so kind and welcoming to us here… it will be very strange not to see their familiar faces everyday here. At least not for a few months anyway!

Our friendly hotel staff here are becoming increasingly aware of what is going on in Taiji, and also about marine conservation all over the world… One of the hotel operators today had a very long chat to us all about the opinions of the Taiji people, as well as how the media control in Japan is so strong that Japanese people have absolutely no clue about what is going on in their own country, as well as in the Southern Ocean… Having lived near Taiji for a very long time, she herself did not know until very recently. She told us that there is an increasing amount of talk in the small town of Katsuura where we stay, all about the Cove Guardians… She told us that the locals of Katsuura enjoy having us in their town, visiting their shops, restaurants and cafes and interacting with the locals. She exclaimed that she even heard some locals saying that there is actually more happiness around the town due to our presence.

We have absolutely loved the hospitality and kindness of the locals here in Katsuura- it really is such a friendly little town, and I will be quite sad to leave the familiar streets and familiar faces around town. I just cannot wait to return to Japan later on this year having had many lessons in Japanese… I promised the hotel ladies that when I return, I will be able to talk to them much more fluently!

Every day we think more and more about our going home, and how difficult it will be adjusting to ‘normal’ life again… I am personally extremely excited to see my family and friends I have not seen in months, as well as being back on the hot sand of Australia’s coastline… watching the wild and free dolphins at play, surfing the waves… I think most people that come here can safely say that their lives will never be the same- and I know that this experience has opened my eyes like nothing else has done before. It has instilled more passion and determination in me than I could have ever imagined…

However, it is not over yet, and we are still heading to bed every night not knowing what the next day will bring… whether during the next day we will see more innocent lives taken from the world’s oceans…

If you want to stand up and help us end the slaughter: Please help us put pressure upon the Japanese government and embassys worldwide- let them know that you oppose the slaughter by calling and emailing. Also, please become involved in my ‘Youth Project’ and tell your friends! Or send me an email if you wish to get more involved…
To become a Cove Guardian, please email Libby at:
coveguardian@seashepherd.org

I have recently created a page on Twitter, to share my updates a little easier with you all. So please follow the page for more updates and photos during the day from here in Taiji…

Don’t forget to keep emailing your questions and comments to me at pathtoprotect@hotmail.com!

You can follow my videos here on this blogpage as well as my Youtube Channel
Also, don’t forget to add me as a friend on Facebook if you haven’t yet- for regular updates, photos, information and videos from the Cove.

Thankyou everyone for your continued support, and positive feedback! We all really appreciate it!
On the path to protect,
Nicole.

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2 comments

  1. You guys will definitely be missed, but I bet your friends and families back home will be so glad to see you. I will going back to Brisbane for a visit in August. I hope we can meet up, if we have a chance. Feels like I know you already 🙂
    Thanks for keeping us informed everyday.
    Peace

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