Pic A. Dilly and 3 others shared Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians Page (official)'s photo.
This morning, the dolphin hunting boats remained in the Harbor for what we believe to be the last day of their holiday break.
However, we were given a shocking reminder this morning that the horrors of this town are always present. During an orientation of new Cove Guardians this morning, we climbed the hills overlooking the Killing Cove and came across a gruesome and horrific sight.
The decomposing body of a Bottlenose Dolphin was floating within the waters of the killing cove- this dolphin was amongst the 200+ dolphins driven into Taiji on the 11th of December. The dolphin died during the 6 days that the pod was held within the cove as 101 juvenile members of its' family pod were captured for marine parks and 23 were slaughtered for human consumption.
Divers found the bodies of 2 dolphins that did not survive the process during those 6 days. They have failed to find the body of this dolphin which has only very recently risen to the surface and swept toward the beach within the Killing Cove, as there have been 2 drive hunts since, on the 20th (Striped) and 23rd (Risso's) of December.
This is a horrific reminder of the brutality of the captures and slaughters within the cove- and the trauma that the dolphins endure during this process. We will now be monitoring what the killers of Taiji will do with the body...
We cannot stress enough the importance of NOT supporting facilities that exploit marine mammals for profit!! This would not have occurred if it weren't for the demand for dolphins to 'entertain' humankind.