Taiji Japan

In just 5 days, the Dolphin slaughter and captures will continue in Taiji Japan for a 6 month season.

If you are asking yourself “what is the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter?” then you must watch The Cove for free here. It is a must-see in order to educate yourself on the topic, or even just a refresher for people who already know about this.

If you want to do something about this, or learn more about the Taiji Killings, go to Save Japan Dolphins and Ric O'Barry’s Dolphin Project

A list of Japanese Embassies you can contact to express your disapproval can be found here. Find your local embassy and shoot them an email, and/or make a phone call.

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*Another Way to help- do not support the captive dolphin industry by not going to any kind of facility that houses captive dolphins, such as dolphinariums, marine parks, swim with the dolphin programs, and dolphin therapy programs*

The cove runs red today with the very first pilot whale slaughter of the season. Rest easy, sweet babies. I promise we are not all as cruel and heartless and those who are killing you so ruthlessly. We will continue to fight for change and justice for you and all those that came before and after you. <3


Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Hatajiri Bay, Japan
Date of Capture: February 9, 1997
Age at Capture: Approx. 5 years

A group of 10 Orcas were captured on February 9, 1997 in Hatajiri Bay in Japan. Five of the whales were released, while the remaining five whales were kept and sold to marine parks.

One of the females, known as Ku, was sold to the Taiji Whaling Museum. When she arrived, her health immediately began to deteriorate and she lost weight. She reportedly had several tumors that were removed after being discovered. She was sickly for about a year until she finally began to recover and eat properly.

Ku was soon placed with the Museum’s other female, named Nami. However, Nami was an aggressive whale, and the pair were separated as they did not get along. Ku was the friendlier whale who was often used to interact with guests, sometimes being touched by them.

In October 2003, Ku was sent to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium on a 5 year breeding loan. Ku was trained for Artificial Insemination and staff hoped she would become pregnant; but she disliked the procedure and it was stopped with her.

Ku performed alongside several smaller dolphins and was typically a very friendly whale. In the mid-2000’s, however, she was recorded lunging at a trainer standing on the slideout who had been reaching over into a bucket of fish.

In July 2008, Ku began refusing to eat and became very ill. She was moved to the medical pool where she slowly got better and recovered in August.

Unfortunately, on September 19, 2008, Ku was found dead at the bottom of the medical pool due to apparent heart failure. She had reportedly contracted a Herpes virus that weakened her immune system.

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I’ve been watching the last few days, horrified, as events unfold in Taiji, Japan. The Livestream by Sea Shepherds currently shows the water turning red as they brutalize and slaughter a pod of 266 dolphins, just one catch of many, which every year, pod by pod, eventually becomes 20,000 cetacean murders. So this is “tradition”.

I’m so upset, I’ve been sketching and thinking about the things we can do to help, and so far this is a little of what I’ve come up with-

Boycott Japanese products. Money talks. Email the Japanese Prime Minister  directly & let him know you’re boycotting his country’s goods, and why. If you prefer, here is his Facebook page.

Follow Sea Sheperds Cove Guardians on Facebook. They’re website has an entire page of things you can do to help.

Sign the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans This might seem silly, but it’s not: recently India signed this & made changes because of it. It’s huge news.

Make lots of noise on twitter & spread awareness with the #helpcovedolphins tag.

Watch The Cove, a documentary about this annual slaughter. Tell your friends. Tell strangers. 

Tell people about how dolphins have names. Or how they have the memory spans of 20 years. Or how they appear to use complex math. Or about how they use sonar as a language. The more people understand what complex & beautiful creatures dolphins are, the more they will want to get involved.

Tell people about whats happening in Japan. Don’t assume they know about the slaughter. Most people don’t know.And make noise, lots and lots of noise, because that’s how we will win this fight.

But most of all, do what small things you can; all these little acts create a great wave of action.

So since it’s almost September, the hunting of all dolphins in Taiji, Japan will be starting soon. 

My question is, if everyone knows what is going on in capturing, killing and selling the dolphins around the world for profit, why isn’t anyone stopping this barbaric tradition?

I know, people don’t want to see what is happening and will choose to ignore it, but we can’t ignore it, it’s 2016 for fuck sake, people are killing every animal they come across in the ocean.

And by 2020 there might not be anything left!

We gotta stop this barbaric “tradition” once and for all!


Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Taiji, Japan
Date of Capture: October 1985
Age at Capture: Approx. 3 years

Sometime in October 1985, several Orcas were captured in Taiji, Japan. Three of the whales were released, while two were sent to the Taiji Whaling Museum; a male named Goro and a female named Nami. Goro was sold within a month, but Nami remained and was placed inside of a sea pen.

However, Nami was often very temperamental and aggressive towards her trainers, and was never used for waterworks or allowed to interact with the public. She was mostly used to perform basic behaviors.

During her time at the Museum, she would meet 3 other whales; Shachi, Asuka, and Ku. Unfortunately, Ku and Nami did not get along, and were separated for the 6 years they were at the Museum until Ku was sent to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium in 2003.

In 2008, it was believed that Nami was to be sold to a marine park in China, but was, instead, sold in February 2010 to the Port of Nagoya Aquarium for 5 million yen as part of a breeding program. When she arrived, she was placed with a dolphin and managed to befriend it, despite her negative history with other captive cetaceans.

Nagoya had made plans with Kamogawa Sea World to transfer two of their whales, Bingo and Stella, to Nagoya in 2011. It was hoped that Bingo and Nami would mate and produce a calf, but the tsunami in Japan that year delayed the transfer.

Unfortunately, Nami died on January 14, 2011 due to Pneumonia and a Fungal Infection (Pulmonary Zygomycosis with Cunninghamella bertholletiae). She had become sick twice but never fully recovered before her death.

During her necropsy, it was discovered that while she was still being held at the Taiji Whaling Museum, Nami had swallowed 491 stones, weighing a total of 180lbs.

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250+ Bottlenose Dolphins Captured in Japan’s Taiji Cove Hunt

Five separate pods of Bottlenose dolphins totaling more than 250 individuals—including juveniles and babies—were driven into Taiji’s infamous killing cove on Thursday, where they have endured four days of a bloody and traumatizing captive selection process. The remaining group of about 200 dolphins, who were left to survive a fourth night in the cove without food or shelter, now face brutal slaughter at the hands of the Taiji Fishermen’s Union …




Gender: Male
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Taiji, Japan
Date of Capture: October 1985
Age at Capture: Approx. less than 1 year

Sometime in October 1985, a group of several Orcas were captured in Taiji, Japan. While 3 of the whales were released, two whales were sent to the Taiji Whaling Museum; a male named Goro and a female named Nami.

In November, Goro was sold to Nanki Shirahama Adventure World while Nami remained at the Whaling Museum. Upon arriving at the park, Goro met two other whales; Ruka and Benkei. They performed together until Benkei’s death in 1989, leaning Ruka and Goro alone.

In April 1990, two more whales arrived, both females named Ran and Ai. Unfortunately, Ai died in 1995. Nanki began searching for more whales until more were captured in Taiji Bay in 1997. Nanki purchased 3 of the whales, though only a male named Kyu survived the first few months.

Goro seemed to get along well with the other 3 and often performed alongside them until Ruka died suddenly in 2000.

Goro was often described as gentle and was used often for waterworks. However, it is rumored that both he and Ran broke a trainers leg during a show on August 1, 2001, though no reliable source exists to confirm this incident.

Officials at the park hoped that Goro would sire a calf with Ran once she became sexually mature, but instead Ran carried a calf sired by Kyu. Unfortunately, the calf only lived for 2 days and died along with Kyu and Ran in 2004, leaving Goro alone at the park.

On January 21, 2005, Goro died due to Acute Pneumonia after 5 years alone at the park and more than 19 years in captivity.

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Help Save Japan's Dolphins

“The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year. Yet, the majority of the world is not aware this is happening. Be a part of the solution by signing and sharing this petition.”

They have almost reached their petition goal! Once they hit half a million, the petition will be taken to President Obama, Vice President Biden, the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., the Prime Minister and Minister of Health in Japan.  Spread the word. Sign the petition here.
PSA: 250+ Dolphins await slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

Hello everybody! I know this isn’t much, but it’s a cause I really care about and I really feel like I need to bring this to people’s attention. 

Over 250 dolphins have been rounded up in a cove in Taiji, Japan. (This has happened many times before.) Some will get chosen to be put into captivity, and the others will be slaughtered. Please help keep the cove blue, and stop the slaughter. I posted a link to all the different Japanese embasseys and it would mean so much if you just took two minutes of your time to send them an email or made a quick phone call in protest of the slaughter.

Everyone’s voice matters. There isn’t much time left.

Not only are dolphins some of the most intelligent creatures in the world, but they are friendly, and have emotions. No creature deserves this kind of brutality. 





Ric O’Barry Op-Ed: A Return to the Dolphin Hunts

“Our Dolphin Project Team and I are returning to Taiji once again to oppose the killing of hundreds of dolphins and to warn the people of Japan about the dangers of eating mercury-contaminated dolphin meat. 

I’ve been coming to Taiji since 2003, when we first got the idea for our campaign to Save Japan Dolphins with the Earth Island Institute. I’m arriving for this trip on September 1, the official start of the dolphin slaughter season, with more than 25 activists from five continents, who are spending their own time and money to join me. It is that kind of dedication that will see an end to these terrible hunts.

The hunts must end, and the people of Japan will be the ones to end the hunts.”

We have made some progress. The number of dolphins being killed in Taiji has gone down for the past four years of our Save Japan Dolphins Campaign. Take a look at the figures:

In the 2008-2009 season, 1,484 dolphins died.

In the 2009-2010 season, 1,336 dolphins died.

The 2010-2011 season saw 1,190 dolphins die.

Last season (2011-2012), we estimate less than 800 died.

Read the full article.


Robin Williams campaigning against dolphin captivity and mass slaughter in Taiji, Japan. 

Japanese voices against the Taiji dolphin hunt

Japanese voices against the Taiji dolphin hunt

“The fact is that the majority of Japanese people do not know about what is going on in the cove due to a wide-scale media blackout in the country.”

“I had to question myself why it was necessary, because none of my family, friends, or people I knew had never eaten dolphins in their lives.” – KOMIYAMA Satoshi, Flippers Japan