A day off for the dolphin killers here in Taiji. The dolphins are safe for today.
When we say we will not stop…we mean it….
On January 24, 2014, these dolphins were kidnapped from their family in the cove. During the slaughter of the entire 4…Cove Guardians followed a captive transfer truck over 950 kilometers to Oita Marine Aquariam. 4 Pantropical dolphins were kept in tiny cargo crates on truck for over 16 hours.
This Bottlenose dolphin was one of the 250 plus pod that was driven into the cove two weeks ago. Now a prisoner for life.
Just look into its eye right now. Look at the picture and tell me or better yet, do NOT even admit it out loud but what do you see as that Dolphin peers up at anything looking for any type of assemblance because it looks so confused. It looks like its asking why….why are you doing this to me? It looks helpless. It looks exhausted.
Tarps were draped at the entrance to Taiji Whale Museum to block any vantage point of the albino calf
Whale Museum trainers transfer Bottlenose dolphins into tiny cargo crates before transfer.
Taiji Whale Museum employees transfer two Bottlenose dolphins on the morning of January 29, 2014
Hotel Dolphin Resort where you can “touch a dolphin”. Taiji, Japan
Two Bottlenose dolphins have been placed in the small confines of the new sea pen. Much like solitary confinement with minimal human contact
4 Pantropical Spotted dolphins were transfered from Taiji harbor holding pens to Oita Marine Aquarium.
Dolphin killers carry a Spotted dolphin via sling toward the transfer truck.
Two dolphin killers carry a captive Spotted dolphin via sling during transfer on January 29, 2014
4 Pantropical Spotted dolphins were lifted into a transfer truck by a forklift and placed into small coffin-like cargo crates. They were forced to endure a 16 hour drive from Taiji to Oita, Japan.
While documenting the Pantropical Spotted dolphin transfer, Cove Guardians noticed a slab of fresh Risso’s dolphin blubber in from of the bitcherhouse. 9 Risso’s dolphins were slaughtered just hours before in the cove.
Taiji Dolphin Base
The elaborate display of tarps that have recently been added to the captive pens at Dolphin Base.
Trainers at captive pens during training session.
Taiji Dolphin Base is nothing more than a floating sea prison for dolphins.
A black drape covers the original pens where two captive belugas were kept. The two belugas were in exchange for 4 Bottlenose to Russia.
We do not have confirmation that the two belugas are dead, but one went missing in Nov 2013 and second in December 2013.
A captive Bottlenose dolphin peers up above the surface of the water. These dolphins are forced to perform for small amounts of frozen fish. They will continually swim in circles for the rest of their lives.