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article imageOp-Ed: Taiji fishermen clamp down as more Risso's dolphins are killed

By Elizabeth Batt     Nov 19, 2012 in Environment
Taiji - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians are reporting that Taiji fishermen in Japan employed further techniques last night in an attempt to cover up the slaughter of yet another pod of Risso's dolphins. Warning: Graphic images.
In the Livestream report filmed yesterday by SSCS Cove Guardians, Cove Guardian leader Melissa Sehgal said that dolphin hunters had implemented extra measures in an attempt to block their slaughtering activity from being filmed.
Fishermen in skiffs use their motors to drive the pod of Risso s into the cove.
Fishermen in skiffs use their motors to drive the pod of Risso's into the cove.
Image courtesy SSCS Cove Guardians
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Sehgal described how dolphin hunters deployed extra nets to keep the dolphins in an area that afforded minimal public view. Additional tarps she said, were also thrown up within the cove itself, and then draped outside of the butcher house to shield the dolphin meat buyers from view.
Given the criticism leveled over the extra brutality of dolphin drives this season, the attempt at secrecy is not difficult to understand. But for workers with Taiji's Isana Fisheries Association, the strange perception appears to be what cannot be seen, did not happen.
Unfortunately for 13-15 Risso's dolphins driven into the cove on November 18, it did happen. The dolphins were dragged under the tarps that hide the killing zone and slaughtered one at a time. In the panic that ensued, one terrified marine mammal attempted to escape but never made it. He drowned in the net that separated him from the open ocean instead:
This dead Risso s dolphin drowned in the net as it attempted to escape being slaughtered.
This dead Risso's dolphin drowned in the net as it attempted to escape being slaughtered.
Image courtesy SSCS Cove Guardians
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But what happened after the slaughter had concluded, was so bizarre, that it attracted rather than distracted one's attention away from the bodies being hauled to the butcher house:
In an attempt to keep the dead Risso s dolphin from being seen  a grinning fisherman rides atop the ...
In an attempt to keep the dead Risso's dolphin from being seen, a grinning fisherman rides atop the tarp-draped mammal to the butcher house.
Image courtesy SSCS Cove Guardians
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SSCS Cove Guardians also captured this other bizarre image of fishermen standing on the dolphins to ...
SSCS Cove Guardians also captured this other bizarre image of fishermen standing on the dolphins to keep them underwater and out of the view of the camera.
Image courtesy SSCS Cove Guardians
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Cove Guardians then managed to track a meat purchase by a local Taiji buyer and continued to film as dolphin intestines were chopped up on the dirty floor of a nearby garage; blood poured out of the drain.
Sehgal said of the graphic images captured, "A family of beautiful Risso's dolphins swimming free this morning and then 3 hours later ... what I saw with my own eyes while Livestreaming today from Taiji:"
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The Taiji dolphin hunt season begins on September 1 and ends in March. According to Ceta-Base.com, since the season began, a total of 445 dolphins from four species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan.
The hunt is conducted by a small group of fishermen with just 12 boats from the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan. Captured dolphins are either sold to marine mammal parks around the world or slaughtered for meat.
The Livestream filmed by Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians is available for viewing at Taiji.ezearth.tv. Live updates on the drives are shared at the SSCS Cove Guardian Facebook Page or via Twitter.com/SeaShepherd. Further information on the Taiji dolphin drives is also available at SeaShepherd.org/cove-guardians.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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