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Hi everyone,

I mentioned in my previous entry that I had been thinking about going to Taiji to document the annual dolphin drive hunt.  Right now, I have mixed feelings about the trip.  I would like to put the trip issue aside so that I can discuss about other important issues.

Since my write-up had been posted in, a cetacean news site, the dolphin drive hunt has already begun in Taiji, Japan.  A number of bottle-nose dolphins had already been captured for the captivity industry, and about 15 pilot whales and Risso’s dolphins were slaughtered.  Since the weather had been so horrible during the last 11 days, there were no dolphins in the Cove.  These days were just perfect for the dolphins since they were still safe at sea.  As of this writing, I do not know how the day turned out in Taiji on the 6th of October.  But I do encourage you guys to check the following link for the updates:

Now, I would like to discuss about the inhumane treatment of the four bottle-nose dolphins that had been exported to Egypt from the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji.  Since their arrival in Hurghada this past August, they’ve been kept in a very small pool in a villa that is not properly filtered.  The precious dolphins are practically swimming in their excrement and have already suffered needlessly from infections and other problems.  The ‘owner’ of the dolphins had been given an ultimatum by the Governor Of The Red Sea to move the creatures to a much better place.  This has to be done in 48 hours. As of this writing, there has been no update on the dolphins since the 2nd of October.  But the following link has all the previous updates on the four dolphins:

Ric O’Barry and the two HEPCA teams tried to secure a ‘natural’ home environment for the dolphins and wanted to check on the condition of the dolphins in the villa, but they had been forced away by the hired thugs.  The ‘owner’ refused to have the dolphins moved into a lagoon that had been approved by Ric and the HEPCA teams.  Instead, he is having a bigger pool built for the dolphins that would meet the national and international standards for captivity.  Even though it would be nice for the dolphins to be moved into the lagoon, getting them out of that tiny pool in the villa and into a much larger, cleaner pool is the most important step.  The following blog – dated on Monday, the 4th of October 2010 – explains what Ric and the teams have done on behalf of the dolphins:

In the meantime, I would very much appreciate your signing the following petition to stop dolphin captivity in Egypt:

My hope is that you will keep checking the above links to find out what’s been happening in Taiji, as well as in Hurghada.

OK!  Now, I would like to discuss about Tilikum, the killer whale (orca) who has been living at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  I just read one eyewitness account of him that truly disturbed me.  Tilikum has been living in complete isolation, and his rather unnatural behavior truly reflects just that.  Colleen, the individual that wrote about Tilikum, had the opportunity to observe him during the two days that she was at Sea World.  And I would like to share with you guys what she had to say about Tilikum.  Her blog entry is as follows:

It truly tears me up – and also breaks my heart – to know that a number of dolphins had already been captured in Taiji for the captivity industry and that the four bottle-nose dolphins and Tilikum – also a wild-caught cetacean – have been treated so very poorly!  These are some examples of what mankind would do to the most precious, defenseless wild cetaceans to make their lives so downright miserable!  I cannot tell you how much I hurt for them, as well as for those killed in the drive hunt!  The best I can do on behalf of all wild cetaceans and other sea life is to spread the word every time I find out what’s been happening to them and their oceanic habitats.  My hope is that you will take the time to read and appreciate the various plights faced by all sea creatures and be able to spread the word to your families and friends.

Speaking of spreading the word, I would very much hope that many of you will participate in the world protest on behalf of wild cetaceans.  The following link shows a long list of places where the protest will be held:

I will plan to be at the protest here in my area.  In the meantime, I will be working on creating huge informational signs to bring awareness on the slaughter and capture of wild cetaceans.  If you are planning to be at the protest somewhere, I would very much appreciate your letting me know.  All wild cetaceans definitely need our help and voices!

Dedicating to all wild cetaceans and other sea life,


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