Mother nature helped make it a happy Halloween in Taiji, Japan this year. Weather created strong winds and choppy water which kept the fishermen and their banger boats in harbor. At least for today the dolphins can swim safely. Tomorrow brings another morning and perhaps different weather, which could lead to the deaths of more dolphins. Several pods have already been killed so far this month.
- October 4 – a pod of bottle nose dolphins slaughtered
- October 7 – a pod of false killer whales slaughtered, 17 taken for captivity
- October 11 – a pod of Risso’s dolphins slaughtered
- October 22 – a pod of Risso’s dolphins slaughtered
- October 24 – a pod of Risso’s dolphins slaughtered
- October 26 – a pod of Risso’s dolphins slaughtered
- October 28 – a pod of Risso’s dolphins slaughtered
All of these pods included mothers, babies, and juveniles. Families that lived, hunted, played, and died together. Dolphins that were living free until the fishermen of Taiji found them.
It is a happy Halloween in Taiji because no dolphin blood was spilled today. But tomorrow could bring more death and sadness to dolphin populations around Japan. The dolphin hunts of Taiji, Japan continue annually from September to March.