A few days ago, a pod of striped dolphins split and some managed to elude the hunters. I feared the dolphins would stay in the area to look for their family members. Today we believe it was that same family that was reunited in death.
What was particularly horrifying was that one of the dolphins was probably only a couple of weeks old. Anyone who could kill a baby dolphin must be morally bankrupt, but who is behind the mass murder of dolphins in Taiji?
The killers of Taiji are unionized employees whose boats bear the Mitsubishi logo. As angry as I am at the fishermen, I realize they are just pawns in a much larger game.
We have been trying to start a dialogue with the fishermen and an intermediary said that a few of them seemed open to the idea. Yesterday as some of them were leaving their boat, they had to walk past us. We opted to not antagonize them by taking pictures and as they passed I said “Hello”. Most had their faces turned away, but one nodded to me; almost before he realized what he was doing. One of the killers of Taiji politely acknowledged a Cove Guardian!
We heard a rumour that the Mayor of Taiji told the fishermen they were not to meet with the Cove Guardians. What would the killers’ reaction be if they knew how much money others were making because of their heinous acts?
Big business and the Mayor of Taiji would prefer the fishermen remain ignorant and think a dolphin is just a big fish and that killing dolphins is ridding the ocean of pests.
For the Oceans,
|After the Kill - photo by Libby Miller Katsinis|