The lonely dolphin, separated from family, seeks consolation by clinging to a buoy like a teddy bear.

Cove Guardian, Libby Katsinis, puts it best: “Has this world learned nothing from history? We all know beyond a doubt that slavery is morally wrong, so why is it considered acceptable to snatch a dolphin out of the wild, tear it away from its family, teach it to entertain, and then sell it into a lifetime of slavery? The fact that we justify this shameful act of humanity by saying that dolphins are of lesser importance than humans makes me question the sensibility of our species. When in reality both man and dolphin are both highly dependent on one another for survival as a whole.” – Global Animal

TAIJI, JAPAN – A dolphin captured in the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan is being held in solitary confinement in a small, filthy pool at Dolphin Base, a mile from the slaughter where captured dolphins are held for sea parks around the world.

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Misty, as the dolphin has come to be called by volunteers monitoring her condition, is in a small tank that appears to be extremely unsanitary, filled with dead fish and algae, and with no filtration system. The dolphin treads water while continually holding a yellow buoy in its mouth for consolation, like a lost child holding onto a teddy bear.  Dolphin base has admitted the dolphin is sick to the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians, who are monitoring Misty and have taken the video and pictures here.

Dolphins are highly social creatures and their need for interaction in order to survive is incredibly high, according to dolphin experts. Cove Guardian Andy Romanowski reports that when this lone little dolphin noticed his camera being hoisted over the top of the fence, he started to move around and at one point even tried to get the camera, a foreign object in the dolphin’s realm, to play with the buoy it was holding in its mouth.

A dolphin captured in the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan is being held in solitary confinement in a small, filthy pool at Dolphin Base, a few miles from the slaughter where captured dolphins are held for sea parks around the world.

This cannot stand. Express your outrage to the Japanese Embassy or contact the people holding this dolphin at:
Hotel Dolphin Resort
703-15 Moriura,
Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun,
Wakayama Prefecture 649-5172, Japan
Tel: +81 0735 59 3514
Fax +81 0735 59 2810

CLOSE UP AND LONG SHOT VIDEO OF MISTY (Pictures below):

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The filthy, small tank, which appears to be the bottom of a silo, where Misty is being held.
The tank is unsanitary and appears to be unfiltered, clogged with algae and dead fish.
The algae on the side of the tank is clearly visible.

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  1. A sample letter asking for compassionate action to be taken:

    To Whom It May Concern;

    I am respectfully writing you in response to the acknowledgment of one your captive dolphins, that has now been called “Misty” by the public. I am begging you to consider alternative options from his current situation. We are thankful and grateful that you have decided to move Misty to a better environment for him.

    According to the Japanese vet, Misty’s captivity is permanent and he will be forced to participate in the swim with the dolphins programs with tourists who visit the resort in Taiji. The town boasts a whale and dolphin museum, images of smiling dolphins can be seen virtually everywhere throughout town, and tourists can even swim with the dolphins if they wish to pay the price.

    What price you ask for Misty? Why would you not sell Misty? This sick dolphin is of no value to you, if, it dies without the proper around the clock care that it needs. Please let someone with proper credentials that can care for him buy him. It will be a win-win situation for both you and the dolphin.

    The world is still watching and hoping for you to change your position on this issue. Please don’t let us down we know you can do the correct & proper thing more so than that we already have seen with the proper care of this majestic creature.

    Respectfully Pleading,

    http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/01/02/outrage-sick-dolphin-held-captive-in-filthy-tank-pictures-video/27306/

  2. today is my 21st birthday and all 21 years of my life i have supported animals right to a clean living environment and loving care takers. so i support that thee dolphin be set free and in to the wild where he/she belongs.

    • ….i’m speachless…first it was the COVE and now this? just what the hell is wrong with people!?
      I want that poor creature out of that disgusting tub right NOW!!!!

      don’t you wish you were there now to do that?
      I don’t care if i were to go to perison, it’s for a good cause!!!!