The Protection Of Dolphins



Ivan :

Each winter between October and March, thousands of dolphins are brutally slaughtered and killed in small towns around Japan. Fishermen are resonating rods under water to interfere with the sonar of dolphins
Disoriented and prisoners nets, dolphins are panicking. Otherwise, fishermen hurt some captive dolphins to spear or a knife for hacking the dolphins never abandon a member of their family injured…
This "fishing" or rather the massacre shows clearly how little respect that the Japanese government for the state of the oceans.
The meat is then sold to the market or in restaurants although often falsely labeled as whale meat. Some animals are captured and will spend the rest of their lives in captivity. .
Chaque hiver entre octobre et mars, des milliers de dauphins sont abattus et brutalement tués dans des petites villes autour du Japon. Les pêcheurs font résonner des tringles sous l’eau pour interférer avec les sonars des dauphins.
Désorientés et prisonniers des filets, les dauphins paniquent. Autrement, les pêcheurs blessent quelques dauphins captifs à coup de lance ou en les entaillant au couteau car les dauphins n’abandonnent jamais un membre de leur famille blessé…
Les mères et les petits crient de détresse quand ils sont séparés, hissés et traîner en dehors pour être impitoyablement hachés à mort. Ce sont des êtres doux et innocents et ils méritent mieux. Les dauphins sont déplacés dans des hangars où ils gisent impuissants, pour être entaillés avec des machettes et ils ont ensuite laissés à suffoquer lentement…
Cette « pêche » ou plutôt ce massacre montre clairement le peu de respect que le gouvernement japonais a pour l’état des océans.
La viande est ensuite vendue au marché ou dans des restaurants bien que souvent faussement étiquetée comme viande de baleine. Certains animaux sont capturés et devront passer le reste de leur vie en captivité.

il s'agit d'une bouteille dauphin nez.



Dolphin definition: Aquatic mammal of the family delphinidae, which are close to whales and porpoises.


In Mauritania and the Brazil, humans and dolphins cooperate in fishing: the dolphins detect and guides fish to nets where the fish is captured. The Dolphin can then capture the frantic fish in the net.

Fishing is good for everyone.

In some regions, dolphins are trained to bring back to the shore boats threatened by storms.

In Izi, Japan located south of Tokyo, the Tursiops are hunted for their flesh, and around Iki, they are slaughtered as dangerous predators. Indeed, dolphins eat the Yellowtails that are coveted by fishermen.

Victims of the success of the series ‘Flipper the Dolphin’ was, of all, cetaceans. They were captured to populate marine parks and this greatly shortens the life of cetaceans.

In captivity, dolphins do not live more than 7 years while when they are free, they can reach the age of 40.


The first slaughters:

To supply the market of whale meat, substitution products were used to respond to requests for fresh whale meat. The first touting hunt took place in Iki in 1979. Hundreds of dolphins were slaughtered.

The following year, there was another slaughter of dolphins including this time ‘pseudorques’. The slaughter was filmed using intrusive cameras. The film was circulated around the world, and the slaughter became an international scandal.

The slaughter of dolphins stopped until 1987 when Marine World Africa (USA) ordered dolphins and pseudorques. The prices offered were highe, and soon, a new wave of dolphin hunting began. Eighty dolphins were lowered to the beach. Fifteen were set aside for the American Dolphinarium, while some metres away, others suffered under the scorching sun, bleeding.

Since 1987, there were other slaughters that took place in Ito, then in Iki in 1993, in Futo in 1996, and in Taiji in 1999. They are the only known hunts. Fishermen have learned to be discrete.


Why is this sensitive and intelligent animal being slaughtered?

The answer lies in these few words: for their meat and for the show - yes, for the show. Although this may seem shocking, this happens. For the fishermen of Taiji a dolphin for an aquatic park sells for up to $150,000! Therefore, capturing dolphins is a true windfall for fishermen. It is a real and lucrative business that is maintained by marine parks that claim to put on "educational" shows and whose avowed purpose is to foster a better understanding and more effective protection of dolphins and whales! But what is educational in seeing dolphins forced by hunger to perform flips and antics? In addition, how can a marine park claim itself to be a protector of wild dolphins when it participates in an industry of captivity that leads to the slaughter of countless cetaceans?


After the slaughter…

Of all the dolphins captured in Taiji Bay, a small part is selected by the trainers of the dolphinariums. These are only the most beautiful specimens, which include the female Tursiops Truncatus (those that resemble Flipper). They are spared for resale at exorbitant prices. All others are then moved into a small bay located not far away. Here, concealed from prying eyes, they are slaughtered in atrocious conditions. They are cut up, weighed and packaged to finish on market stalls, in restaurants and even little canteens in the city. A dead Dolphin is reported to be worth $600. A dolphin sold as fish meat is thus worth much less than a captive dolphin at a marine park. But why deprive oneself of a source of additional income? To the fishermen, it is worth selling the dolphins there are not accepted at marine parks as fish meat.

The worst part of this story is that most Japanese people are not aware of these slaughters. Until the release of the documentary ‘The Cove’, the Japanese media had no idea that such slaughter of dolphins was occurring in their country.

Dolphin meat is often sold as whale meat!


While other Japanese cities hunt dolphins at sea, the village of Taiji uses a method to capture and kill these animals. They use a touting technique where they knock tubes of metal, and by doing this, they create a terrible racket for the cetaceans with extremely fine hearing.

The dolphins are led to a cove where they are slaughtered. The sea becomes bloody as dolphins are slaughtered. ‘The Cove’ brought this cruel show to light and shocked the world, but the Japanese Fisheries Agency was unfazed by this revelation given that dolphins were not in danger of extinction.


SOS Grand Bleu has been fighting for the protection of marine environment, dolphins and whales in the Mediterranean in particular since 1989.

SOS Grand Bleu was founded in 1989 and has for object the implementation, development and encouragement of all actions to protect wildlife and flora in the Mediterranean, particularly species that are threatened by human activities at sea or on land development.

SOS Grand Bleu has already had numerous victories and continues their fight to roll back intensive fishing techniques such as the use of driftnets and pelagic trawls. They fight against the capture of animals for marine zoos and the unacceptable continuation of whaling under the guise of so-called scientific research, as well as the extension of marine pollution (hydrocarbons, heavy metals, macro-déchets).