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