I had forgotten what it feels like to be euphoric in Taiji until this morning…
Just on sunrise, we made our way to Taiji Harbour to yet again determine whether the dolphin hunting boats would be departing for the coastal waters surrounding Taiji, to scout for a glimpse of dolphins- before driving them toward the killing cove… We watched as all twelve hunting boats left the harbour and scattered across the horizon, before making our way up to a nearby headland for a better view.
Always a tense and anxious wait, myself, Rosie and Christoff scanned the horizon for a sign of the boats… after a short while, Chris spotted a handful of the boats slowly congregating on the horizon- immediately, our stomachs turn and the atmosphere gets more and more tense as we noticed a few making their way slowly to join the assemblage of killing machines. Hastily looking out in search of a pod of dolphins amongst the boats- we noticed that they indeed were not in drive formation, but were heading toward Taiji Harbour empty handed… slowly but surely.
Over the ten or so minutes that followed, we excitedly watched as one after the other, all twelve banger boats returned to their positions along the harbour walls… the seas out to the horizon looked as though they had significantly picked up in swell and surface breaks since the early morning- we have been delighting in the cold gale force winds that have been hanging around for the rest of the day- with any luck, the conditions will continue well into tomorrow morning, hopefully disabling the boats from hunting once again!
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On the path to protect,