This has been quite a week in Taiji. The Cove has stayed blue with no dolphin killing for 18 straight days!
On the flip side, last Friday the Japanese police raided the hotel rooms of all the Cove Guardians taking SD cards, phones and computers. The raid was in response to damage to a statue in Taiji caused by one of the Cove Guardians, but more likely it was an excuse to cut off communication. With no equipment, they are unable to document the hunt and killing of the dolphins.
The Cove Guardian who had tampered the statue, Nils Greskewitz, was a German national and had only been in Taiji for a few days when he climbed the statue of a harpooner at the Whale Museum park. He was found hanging from the harpoon, causing it to bend. He has been removed from the campaign.
Yesterday, the equipment was returned but computers had been tampered with and were unusable.
The public hearing for the 18 beluga whales who will potentially be imported from Russia to the United States was held in Maryland last week. Ric O'Barry was there to present the following talking points. I looked for an outcome, but so far have not heard anything. I will report it here as soon as I do.
I'll leave you today with a great video of the Humane Society of the United States' marine scientist Naomi Rose, David Kirby - author of "Death at Sea World" and three former Sea World trainers observing wild orcas in Puget Sound.
David and Naomi are going to be in Orlando next Tuesday for a book reading/signing and I am planning to attend. Stay tuned next Whale Wednesday for a full report!