Being some of the first to report on the dolphin hunting seasons’ end here in Taiji, us cove guardians were anxious this morning to venture out to the small coastal town to obtain a 100% confirmation… we arrived at the harbour just like I have done time and time again in the last three months, and were absolutely delighted to see that the banger boats were securely bobbing around in the water, with their banging poles nowhere in sight. We could not help but grin widely this morning- knowing that the dolphins passing by Taiji today will be spared from the horrors in the killing cove…
As some of the fishermen prepare for another ‘off-season’ of offshore whaling within the next few months- targeting whales and smaller cetaceans- there are still hunts occurring throughout other coastal towns of Japan. The largest cetacean hunt of all here being the Dall’s porpoise hunt in Northern Japan… this hunt sees the slaughter of many more cetaceans than Taiji even- however it is conducted offshore. This is something that cannot go unnoticed, and the pressure applied to the Japanese Government must continue as significantly as ever before.
The conservation of marine wildlife is something that I decided to dedicate my life to a long time ago… With the seemingly never-ending list of threats affecting our oceans in modern times, the fight is never over- the ‘war’ is never won. Until we can rest assured that our oceans are no longer seeing the devastating effects of human intervention… unfortunately, this is a fight that will likely last for generations from now.
I will be leaving Taiji in two days with a much richer knowledge and passion for marine conservation than I began with… I will not discontinue my work for marine conservation for the six months in between Taiji Dolphin Slaughters. I have been gathering ideas and making plans for my return to Australia for months now, and will share my journey with you every step of the way.
I will be continuing this blog when I return home, hopefully updating as frequently as I have here in Taiji… My main focus upon my return is my up-coming School Tour in Australia. So far I have confirmed to talk at a number of schools, predominately in the Newcastle and Melbourne areas. My first talk will be on the 14th of March at Lambton High in NSW, and I will upload all the videos here!
Over the next few months, I will take advantage of my time in Australia by working on some of the marine conservation issues affecting wildlife around Australian waters… Once again, I will share all of my endeavours here on my blog page as they develop.
As I begin to pack my bags and empty the comfortable hotel room which has doubled as my home for the past three months, I look forward to what is in store for me in the future… I have met so many amazing people during my time here in Japan, and have secured some fantastic contacts to help in my future of protecting marine wildlife… In my blog tomorrow, I will go over my journey here in Taiji, covering all the events and people that have made such a significant impact on my life in only a few months…
Referring to something that Andy said in one of our videos last month… Have a look at what we achieved in three months- and imagine what we can do in three years.
If you want to stand up and help us end the slaughter for good: 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…
Don’t forget to keep emailing any questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Thankyou everyone for your continued support, and positive feedback! We all really appreciate it!
On the path to protect,