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And just after that, we walked down to the water's edge, And this one poor dolphin it uh...

You could see it trying to get away, and it was swimming straight for us and the shore, and it actually made it over a couple of the nets.

And every time it came up for a breath, you could see all this blood coming up behind it.

And then you could see the last couple of breaths it took,

and then it went down and we never saw it again.


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Dolphins are dying.

I'm sorry if you find this disturbing, but this is real, and it happens every year for six months straight. 23000 dolphins a year are killed in Taiji, Japan, to be sold for their meat; which is very high in mercury. Only you can help save Japanese Dolphins.

Here are some little things you can to to make a big difference- [link] [link]



Art (c) :iconhighlighterjuice: 2010
Screenshot (c) The Cove movie
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Ninuturu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cried at that part :(
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Same. :C
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ILOVEEXPERIMENT626 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
what i find the saddest thing about it is, dolphins have saved human lives, and this is how we repay them? :(
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oOGlosoliOo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"The dolphin's smile is nature's greatest deception"

I've seen the documentary a few weeks ago...
So sad such beautiful and intelligent creatures are tortured and killed like that...
I could hardly hold back the tears...especially for the scene from wich you took that words.. :(
Such an horror.. :(
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It's definitely a tough one to watch... Thanks for the support. :3
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
To kill a dolphin is like to kill a human being to me.... Can't believe someone can do such a thing....
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I know... :C
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TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Why are they hunting them for their meat? With such a tremendous amount of mercury absorption, they would have been better off using them as industrial resource. :confused:

What a waste of precious elements.
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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ugh, it's actually not only for the meat. The government is telling them it's for 'pest control'.
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BlueMidna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very powerful image... that part of the film where the injured dolphin was trying to get away made me cry so much... T_T

I really hope this slaughter stops for good, it just isn't right.
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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
God, I know ;___; People crying and dying dolphins and augh.... It's too much D:
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shockwavefan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
did u see the dolphin making it over the nets?
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow:
its amazing.
maybe i can add you in my journal list against dolphinslaugther?
[link]
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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you! And heehee, go ahead! :blush:
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
your in
:highfive: against dolphinslaugther.
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done, although sad. Thank you for taking such a interest in this cause! I'm glad you're projecting the message of anti-slaughter through this drawing. SO WELL SHADED by the way.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, and it's pretty involuntary, really :C How could anyone not support anti-slaughter?! The movie really struck me, which is saying something, because not many movies do... I went to the zoo the day after, and I felt horribly guilty and unnerved the entire time because of what he was saying about captivity...
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Feet and The Cove really helped my anti-captivity opinion reach maturity. Both have a strong environmental message along with anti-captivity. You have to think, when you go to the zoo, it might be fun for you because it's a day trip. But the animals don't get to go home at night; that IS their home.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
OH YEAH, Happy Feet was a big one too... I mean, with a select few of the animals, captivity wouldn't be as bad, like... jellyfish or other invertebrates? But the larger animals... Ugh. The same thing day after day for your entire life, being cooped up in a little cell at night, people gawking and screaming at you. And people wonder why they sleep all the time! There's nothing else for them to do! They're stressed and unhappy and I just feel terrible about it now... Like it said in The Cove, animals like Tigers are used to vast forests and jungles, hundreds of miles a day to walk, and in the zoo they have what, a hundred square feet? And the primates and small mammals bothered me the most, they hardly even had five sq feet...

And the birds! No room to fly unless they were in an aviary! What a life, not being able to do what you were built to do... Literally the only thing to look forward to being food. If it's even good food.

-Sigh-

Sorry that was so long X3
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verybluebird Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: Aaaagreed.
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You've made me have to go watch 'The Cove' now, I'v heard alot about whale/dolphin killing and the horrorable toture of it all but this doc/movie looks really good.
You'd think that such an intelligent animal would be protected, not that an animal being unintelligent makes a difference. I accept that animals need to be killed and eaten but the way dolphins/sharks/whales are slaughtered is just sickening.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Try not to cry, my friend :'C This made me look at zoos, aquariums, and dolphins in general in a completely different way...

And geez, I know! You'll find out some really terrible things about whaling in the movie...
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'v watched it now; some of the stuff in that movie/doc is just mental.
All the information is crazy about the meat, the fishermen, the goverment, and even that supposed 'charity'/whale protecting thing.
The fact it's made by the guy who trained the Flipper dolphins is really hard hitting. I was aware of the japanese killing dolphins but not the trade to aquariums. I mean anyone who's watched this and thought it was stupid is truely ignorant.
It's that 5 minute scene near the end of those fisherman killing all those dolphins. All that red water and the way the dolphin thrashed and bled to dead was sickening like really, really nasty. Then to near the officals lie through their teeth about it was seriously enraging.
Time well spent in my books; I don't think I'll ever go to a place housing captive dolphins ever again or any other marine, ocean dwelling animal. I already didn't like it but now the idea makes me mad as a hatter. They're just so sensitive and deserve to be more than just cheap amusement for tourists.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I KNOW, it completely changed my views on everything from marine parks to zoos. Very well said, my friend, I've read quite a few articles on how even the whole 'We're conserving wildlife' thing is a lie, too, at least for most animal-housing places.

The worst part of the movie for me was when the woman was talking about the dolphin that was trying to escape and swim over the nets. And then there was the Japanese killing whales, and then holding up the signs that said things like "We're taking tissue samples" or "We're observing body weight" or whatever the heck they were talking about...
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm always on the fence with animal parks/zoos; some are wonderful places that are considering their animals health and consevation but others are places for money making instead of animal care. Others are full of uneducated staff that mean no harm but just don't know enough to properly care for their animals and some are just private collections open to the public with wild animals that are practically pets.
It's all a bit mixed and sometimes it's kinda hard to judge.

Now when I see people swimming with dolphins on tv it just makes me think "Where was that dolphin taken from?, What has it seen?", it makes me sad.

I agree watching that little dolphin jump over the nets was just sick.
But I also think the whale killing with the signs was the worst part, it was just lying right to your face and seeing such a gentle creature just lying their on that boat being tortured, it's just so wrong..
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insolitus-mundus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You've made me have to go watch 'The Cove' now, I'v heard alot about whale/dolphin killing and the horrorable toture of it all but this doc/movie looks really good.
You'd think that such an intelligent animal would be protected, not that an animal being unintelligent makes a difference. I accept that animals need to be killed and eaten but the way dolphins/sharks/whales are slaughtered is just sickening.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
OMG :wow: Poor dolphin(s) It indeed is horrible what's happening over there, and this drawing is beautiful, in an extremely sad way. I remember getting tears in my eyes when hearing that part of trailer (or was it another clip? Anyways, I saw it :() D:
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It really is... It's so terrible! I can't get over it ;__;

Yeah, that was one of the worst parts of the movie for me. It really hits you in the heart...
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
:(

Thanks for the watch too ;)
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akeli Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010   General Artist
I watched "The Cove", and I'm assuming that's where this came from. Such a sad, sad documentary. :( I feel so bad for those poor dolphins...they feel pain, sadness, etc just like we do - to have your whole family and yourself slaughtered like that... it is amazing how cruel some people can be, especially with such an intelligent species.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, you got it. It really was terrible, and you're right! Animals have emotions, it's sick and cruel that so many people deny that. The dolphins are just swimming in the blood of their family and loved ones.

It really is horrible...
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undeadlegs Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Why am I reminded of PETAs over the top seal-clubbing videos?
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, don't even remind me about that XC
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Birdchiefman Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Didn't you say they sell some to zoos too? Such a great loss of life, only for dangerous meat. But that's the thing, we don't care. We'll cut down the rainforest and pollute the oceans as long as there is a profit. The Stone Age may have been more than a 10,000 years ago, but we're still the same savages.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, but as it happens, that's not much better. I'd link you to the video, but it's kinda lengthy X3

Ugh, I know! Stupid people... I've asked this question before, but WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, nobody's traditionally BFF's like whales and the Japanese, eh? :(

Shame, isn't it?
This can't be good for the Japanese oceanic ecosystem. :(
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Ugh... The Japanese seem to have a reputation for this kind of thing... :(

It really is a shame. And not only the Japanese ecosystem, but the dolphins they kill are on a migration route.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, unfortunately, part of the problem with us calling the Japanese out on their excessive whaling is that we were their whaling partners throughout much of the 20th century, up through the 1970's.
Most of the Apollo missions in the 60's, even "Apollo 11" which took America to the moon, ran on machinery lubricated with whale oil.
It wasn't until we became more eco-conscious in the 70's that we started to try and make the Japanese abide by the standards of the International Whaling Commission that they began to have a riff with us.
Everyone knows that the whales they kill for "Research purposes" are just sold for their meat, but a lot of it really has to do with the Japanese not wanting to be lectured about their whaling practices when the Americans were their partners in whale butchery through most of the 20h century. More whales were killed in 1951 than in the whole of the 19th century.

... I just finished reading "The Whale" by Philip Hoare.... if it isn't obvious. [link] :D
It's a really fascinating look at our history with the whale... which is mostly our history of killing them, and the natural history of these magnificent creatures.

It is really sad that the Japanese are needlessly killing so many whales and dolphins, there's no doubt about that. But there's blood on American hands too. :(
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah... It's that horrible history, rearing it's ugly head.

Hehehe, I'll need to read that X3
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, "History is written by the victors." And wr certainly have no history written by whales.

I can't recommend it enough. It's an amazing book... If you can stomach a long account of 19th and 20th century whaling, that is.
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah...

And haha, in that case it's a bit questionable, eh?
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed. We definitely don't have any whale historians. :(

Well, I still found it to be a wonderful and educating read. It's a bit depressing at times, but I think you'd really, really enjoy it. :)
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Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah... Even though that would be awesome X3

I'll take that challenge ;D To the Library!
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