|Killers enter the cove just after sunrise |
Hearing the killer's skiffs alarms and agitates the bottlenose dolphins.
|Killers push the dolphins into the killing cove|
|The Bottlenose pod was so exhausted that they did not put up much of a fight |
while being herded toward the tarps.
These dolphins have experienced "hell on earth" at the hands of the Taiji killers. This is the dolphin's 4th day of being trapped in The Cove, plus the day being driven to The Cove, so 5 days of horror. They have been starved by the killers since their last meal and hydration (which comes form eating fresh fish) was some unknown time before the killers found them swimming past Japan 5 days ago.
|A remaining pod of approximately 130-140 dolphins |
were left to witness their family slaughtered.
|One dolphin's last attempt to escape death breaking through the net,|
but too weak to make it through, the killers free it and run it over with skiff
|Exhausted bottlenose dolphin looks his killer in the eye. |
Bottlenose dolphins are naturally friendly to mankind,
why are a few "men" so unkind to the dolphins?
|The Red Cove|
The slaughtered bottlenose dolphin's blood flows out from under
the tarps where the dolphins are killed
|Dolphins are seen swimming in the blood of their relatives|
The killers callously run the dolphins over with their skiffs, they make no effort to avoid the trapped dolphins as they go about their terrible work. The dolphins are often injured by the skiff's propeller.
|The killers run their skiff over the dolphins|
The killers make no effort to avoid injuring the dolphins with the skiffs propellers
|Dolphins were too weak to fight back.|
|Pith with wood dowel or plug|
Warning the video above shows how the dolphins are killed in Taiji. This was taken in January 2011 of the slaughter of what appears to be a small pod of white sided dolphins - the slaughter is ugly. Because these dolphins are smaller, their bodies are piled into the boat rather than towed to the butcher house as larger bottlenose dolphins are. Please be sure to read the text at the films end. This video was made by AtlanticBlue.de Thank you for your courage to witness this.
|A dead dolphin is seen through the tarps. The Cove water is Red|
|Two dead dolphins are seen through the tarps. |
Between 40 and 50 bottlenose dolphins were slaughtered
A terrible death being stabbed to death after 5 days of starvation and trauma
After a little over 2 hours, a skiff leaves towing the bodies of the dead or almost dead dolphins, past their still living family and friends. The skiff with killers, have draped the dolphin's dead bodies with tarps to try and hide the bodies from the witnesses at Taiji, the SSCG's cameras and the watching world. But sometimes the wind blows (a divine wind?) and exposes the bodies which are seen by the witnesses and cameras. Why do the killers try and hide their "Tradition" are they not proud of what they have done? They take great pains to cover up what they do. Remember, they also have tarps to cover up the examinations for captive selection and the murders they commit . Why?
|Killers hiding their culture and tradition covering the bodies of the |
dead bottlenose dolphins as a skiff leaves The Cove
to take the slaughtered dolphins to the butcher house
to be cut up for meat and sold.
|Banger boat transfers the bodies of the slaughtered bottlenose dolphins|
to be received at the butcher house. There the dolphins will be cut up as meat
The Cove killing activity slowed down after the 3rd hour as the killers loaded up skiffs, numbers 4 and 5. It was not known how many bodies each of the 5 skiffs were towing. Afterwards it was reported that about 40 bottlenose dolphins had been slaughtered.
During the killer's break, the SSCG monitors talked about how especially hard this has been on these dolphins today. The dolphins slaughtered today fought as best they could after being starved and traumatized the past 4 or 5 days. But being so exhausted they were not able to fight as hard as other bottlenose pods that had been slaughtered in the past. Just an awful thought for all these dolphins have been through.... we MUST help stop this terrible industry. The Japanese government allows the Taiji killers to take about 2 thousand dolphins and small whales (pilot whales which are actually members of the dolphin family) every year from September to March. These so called "traditional" dolphin drives have only been happening for the past 40 years or so - not a long tradition. It would have been too expensive in fuel to look for dolphins at sea and drive them back to shore, it is only because of the market for selling dolphins at very high prices for the huge entertainment industy that the drives have happened like this. These drives to hunt dolphins have paid for lots of expensive equipment for the killers.
|Cove Guardians bear witness to 40 dolphins being slaughtered.|
The SSCG's showed via their Livestream, how the dolphins are transferred from the skiffs to the bigger banger boats which take the bodies to the butcher house. The banger boats tow the dolphins dead bodies on the side of the boat that faces away from shore most of the time, to keep witnesses from seeing the bodies. They also have a metal structure attached to one side of the boat on which to drape the blue tarps to cover the bodies. The killers really don't want anyone to see what they are doing - such a proud tradition!
|A remaining pod was later driven back out to sea|
|Hungry, frightened and tired; these dolphins had to hear their families be slaughtered|
and had to swim in their blood. Nothing humane about this
|Pod being driven back out to sea after 5 days of starvation and trauma,|
some may not survive the killers treatment. But the important thing to the
killers, is that those deaths won't be counted against their quota!
|A juvenile Bottlenose barely surfaces during drive out. |
The chances of survival are slim after 5 tormenting days in the cove.
|The drive out is just as traumatic as the drive in. |
Some dolphins linger to find family.
The killers will go out in their banger boats to hunt for more dolphins to drive into The Cove. The season still has more than two more months left and more money for the killers to make. The killers are allowed to practice their horrible drive hunts from September to March. And they will every year until enough people take action to help all dolphins and whales.
Update 1-25-14: SSCG report "2-3 captive Bottlenose dolphins found floating dead in Taiji harbor pens." These dolphins were captives from the 3rd day of captive selection and did not survive their first days of captivity after the stress of the 5 days of the 250+ bottlenose dolphin drive. Their bodies were taken to the butcher house to be sold as meat. More photos.
|"2-3 captive Bottlenose dolphins found floating dead in Taiji harbor pens."|
Please help, spread the word to your family and friends, sign petitions, express your views on media sites whenever there is a story and most of all Do Not Buy a Ticket to Any Places that have Captive Cetaceans or Swim with Dolphin Programs. When you take away the Taiji' killer's market, you take away the money they get from selling dolphins and other cetaceans. Please be a voice for dolphins, they need our help.
~ Kindness for Animals
See and find out more about this incredibly sad day:
- Sea Shepard Cove Guardian PHOTOS of this last awful day - as hard as it is to read and see the photos and video, the SSCG have been witnessing every day in person as it happens. I don't think I can fully imagine how hard that must be. Thank you Brave and Dedicated Cove Guardians.
- Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project PHOTOS of the awful day for the remaining members of the original 250+ bottlenose dolphin family. Thank you Brave and Dedicated Dolphin Project Team.
Day 1 - Dolphin Drive Captures 250+ Dolphins Plus Baby Albino
Day 5 - This is this post: The slaughter of 40 of the remaining dolphins who have survived so far and release and drive back out to sea of the exhausted, injured, traumatized and starving dolphins.
Very good report from Reuters about this terrible January day in Taiji from Reuters Videos