Are the dolphin killers in Taiji losing their already tenuous grip on reality?
After viewing the livestream footage and the photographic images from the dolphin slaughter of 11 December 2012, one can hardly think anything else…
At the time of writing, the exact death toll is unclear, however there were, at least, 55 striped dolphins herded into the killing cove:
These dolphins broke away from a much bigger pod – possibly containing as many as 200 animals – in their desperate attempt to flee the aggressive actions of the banger boats and the incessant noise of the banging poles in the water, which completely disorientates them and leaves them utterly vulnerable. That probably unavoidable separation cost them their lives.
The banger boats, still using their weapons of intimidation and confusion, drove the smaller and more manageable pod ever onwards to the killing cove.
Once netted in the mouth of the cove, the terrified, panic-stricken and exhausted dolphins crash into the rocks around the cove in a last-ditch attempt to get away:
The blood in the water is from their repeatedly injuring themselves on the jagged rocks. The killers at this point have lost complete control of the pod.
In an effort to regain it, divers attempt to man-handle the dolphins off the rocks and divert them into the cove. The injury to this dolphin is obvious:
Not surprisingly, this does not work and the result is even more panic from the dolphins…
Finally the killers lose all patience with the terrified and confused dolphins that they lash their tails to the skiffs (small flat-bottomed boats) and drag them, screaming and thrashing, into the killing cove to slaughter them…
It takes 5 grown men to subdue one very scared dolphin…
They lunge at the dolphin and grab at their fins in an attempt to force them in the right direction:
Eventually, the uneven battle is lost and one dolphin makes a last desperate attempt to flee the cove after witnessing the death of his family:
Frantic to leave the blood-stained cove he crashes into the nets he cannot jump over…
…and is dragged, by his tail, through water stained with the blood of his family, to be mercilessly killed in the cove:
The hunters clearly lost control of this pod, the number was too great for them to handle. Yes, they have driven in larger numbers of pilot whales this season, but they were held in the cove for over 5 days before they were slaughtered. 5 days of fear, trauma and hunger would surely subdue most creatures? Plus, the pilot whales were sectioned off and some were eventually released, they were not all slaughtered at once. These striped dolphins were not subdued, however, and they fought to the very end to stay alive and would not comply with the hunters. They are wild animals, following their migration paths as they have done for millenia. They are not docile lambs to lead to slaughter. They do not want to be netted and they certainly do not want or deserve to die. Especially at the hands of the most brutal and ruthless killers.
The hunters actions clearly point to the fact that have absolutely no respect for the welfare of their prey. Their main, if not only, objective is to get them into the cove and kill them. How they do that and what they have to use to make it happen is irrelevant to them. This is why we see them using the skiff propellers and slap paddles and ropes around the tails. They will use any method available to them so long as they can “master” the frightened captured pod and kill them all, with no mercy. They are out of touch with reality and out of touch with humanity if they think that they can continue with this barbarity unabated.
The greed of the hunters is obvious, of all the animals that were caught this day, only one 1 currently survives. A juvenile was chosen for captivity:
Bereft of everything except her life, she will spend the rest of her days as a clown for the gawking crowds at a marine park somewhere in the world, depending on who buys her. She costs thousands of dollars to buy, but she will earn tens of thousands in her life time. For her life time. There will be no reprieve for her. The only time she will know peace is when she finally gives up on life and dies. The suffering of the rest of her pod is over, for her it may last for years….