Recap of the day from hell for this huge bottlenose pod! Appears after events today that half of the pod has been viewed for selection. This means that approximately 90 dolphins could be viewed and evaluated for a lifetime of captivity tomorrow. About 45 were not acceptable and have been separated from the larger group in the cove. 30 were taken in 15 skiffs, over the course of over 7 hours.
Brutality of selection couldn't be more evident while watching the dolphins be handled, pushed, grabbed, dragged, pushed, held-onto while the dolphins were trying to escape, and finally run-over several times by the skiffs.
Each dolphin was inspected, taken under tarps to be fully checked, and some were rejected for whatever reason. Sometimes they left the babies with the mother and didn't take either - and other times they took the juveniles without any parent. We noticed some of the dolphins had white patched just behind their dorsal fin - could be genetic aberration - and these were not chosen.
Tomorrow we will most likely see more selection - more bottlenose dolphins subjected to confines of a small pen for the rest of their lives... Another day in hell for this pod! Over two years ago a similar large pod was driven into the cove and for hours the same process - to see this once again is devastating.
Please, understand this brutality is what you pay for when you visit a dolphinarium or marine park with dolphins... DO NOT BUY A TICKET and send a message to these "entertainment" places that THIS is not ok!
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Photos From Infamous Taiji Whale Museum Show the Depths of Abuse Wrought on Captive Dolphins. If there is one thing we regret about 2016, it’s that the Taiji Whale Museum is still up and running. No dolphin should be forced to live in captivity. They are incredibly intelligent creatures and in the wild, they live with around 250 other dolphins – so keeping a dolphin isolated and confined is like putting a person in solitary confinement . . . for their entire life. The lack of stimulation prolonged isolation of captivity often drives dolphins and other cetaceans insane and causes them to do harm to themselves and their captors.
Groundbreaking films like Blackfish are highlighting this problem, and organizations like Sea Shepherd and Whale and Dolphin Conservation are working tirelessly to end the system of abuse and captivity that enslaves these incredible creatures. And there have been some big victories of late, most notably SeaWorld San Diego put an end to its orca shows.
However, The Taiji Whale Museum is still operating. The facility as become famous (and notorious) for its incredible capacity for cruelty and violence against cetaceans. Every year dolphin hunters herd a staggering numbers to the “cove” in Taiji, Japan. These poor creatures are then subjected to either a brutal death, for the sale of their meat, or ripped away from their family and friends and sold to various aquariums around the world. The nightmare does not stop once the dolphins are in the tanks. The horror story of Angel, the captured albino dolphin, showed us just how terrible the conditions for dolphins in the Taiji Whale Museum. But in case we forgot, Sea Sheperd went to document the lives of the dolphins in the facility.
Nets Cut at Dolphin Base Center in Taiji. Dolphin Base, a recreational facility in Taiji, Japan where visitors can swim and interact with dolphins, reported to police that the net separating their facility pools with the ocean had been cut sometime on the 4th of January. The park stated that a one meter vertical slash was found in one of its containment nets. The escaped four-dolphin pod was seen swimming in the area outside of their pen. They are believed to be between 3-5 years old and had been held at this facility for more than six months. READ MORE