“The chaos amongst the pod was unimaginable. Divers swam through the terror-stricken dolphins, rolling them over to check their gender, then forcefully pushing the undesirable ones out of their way. A calf attempted to surface for air, then disappeared for several seconds underneath the surface, this process repeating over and over. One dolphin likely expelled its stomach contents, swimming with what looked to be a cephalopod hanging out of its mouth.” ~ Heather Hill
The global captive dolphin industry is responsible for this barbaric cruelty. Dolphinariums that do not purchase dolphins from Taiji’s drive hunts are also guilty of inexcusable betrayal against the mammals for not speaking out and for doing absolutely nothing to stop it
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Tragedy struck again in Taiji on February 14 when the hunters captured a nursery pod of 10 Risso’s dolphins. Four of them were small calves. The mothers in a nursery pod will guide their calves to inshore waters to forage, play, and nurse their young, but above all, to protect dependent offspring from predators. According to their previous experiences, the inshore, shallow waters provide much-needed protection for their vulnerable calves. But not so in Taiji. There, swimming and foraging close to shore puts dolphins at great risk, and when the hunters spread across the ocean at daybreak, they quickly found the pod. With their fleet of motorized boats, they effortlessly chased the nursery pod down and forced it into the Cove. The hunters quickly netted off the dolphins’ escape, and their fate was sealed.
Science has established that cetaceans are highly complex, empathetic, and intelligent beings that share strong social ties. Mothers that have lost their offspring have been seen carrying their dead calves for days, refusing to let them go. It is evident that dolphins experience grief and that they mourn the loss of an offspring.
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