07 Sep '12, 7pm

Days are long for the team committed to protecting dolphins at The Cove in Taiji, Japan

Days are long for the team committed to protecting dolphins at The Cove in Taiji, Japan

Being a Cove Monitor is not for everyone. You have to get out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to head out to see if the dolphin hunting boats (the “banger boats”) have left port. If they are out, our Cove Monitors wait for them to return, hopefully without any dolphins. The weather in Taiji is very changeable, from very hot and humid in the fall (with frequent wet storms and even typhoons) to cold winter days (snow is rare, but our Monitors are exposed none-the-less). If a drive hunt develops, the Cove Monitors then head to the Cove overlook to estimate numbers of dolphins killed and captured for aquariums. They document the hunt with video and still photos. The hunts are usually concluded by 2 p.m., when the tired Cove Monitors return to their hotel to write up a blog and edit video and photos. Cove Monitors will also use the afternoon to check the status of captive dolphins in the T...

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