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Dolphins Massacre in Japan & Denmark

Speedy 2012/06/02 17:09:55
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Dolphins are social animals, living in groups called pods and taking loving care of their babies. They’re also known to be very friendly to humans.

Dolphins help injured members of their family groups and newborn babies to the surface by swimming under them and nudging upward, just as some reports describe them doing with humans. Interestingly, there are some real reports of dolphins helping other cetaceans.

Dolphins came to the rescue during a pilot whale hunt. Somehow, a pod of dolphins who were nearby figured out what was happening. They swam into the shallows, putting themselves at risk, and “herded” the pilot whales out to sea, saving 76 of 80 whales.

Real-Life Cases: Dolphins Saving Humans
You’ve seen it in Flipper and other popular culture stories; dolphins rescuing humans from drowning or sharks, keeping them safe from harm. But does it really happen?

The answer is, surprisingly often!!!

In Greek stories and old sea stories, there are dozens of claims of dolphins helping drowning sailors, rescuing people from sharks, and making themselves useful as guides through treacherous waters.

Several years ago, in the Gulf of Akaba, a British tourist was rescued by three dolphins from sharks. Near the Sinai Peninsula, a ship captain had stopped his boat so several passengers could watch dolphins playing. Three of the passengers decided to swim with them, and one stayed a little longer than the others. To his horror, he was bitten by a shark – and more were coming. Suddenly, three dolphins placed themselves between the tourist and the sharks, smacking the water with tails and flippers, and drove the sharks off so the man could be rescued.

In 2004, a group of swimmers were confronted by a ten-foot great white shark off the northern coast of new Zealand. A pod of dolphins “herded” them together, circling them until the great white fled.

In another case in the Red Sea, twelve divers who were lost for thirteen and a half hours were surrounded by dolphins for the entire time, repelling the many sharks that live in the area. When a rescue boat showed up, it appeared that the dolphin pod were showing them where the divers were

There are several other examples from the area of Australia of similar incidences.

Because we can’t talk to dolphins, we can’t really fathom what their motives are in these situations. It is, however, very possible that they are indeed trying to help and protect fellow mammals in the ocean to safety.

It’s Taiji’s dead dolphins that have made it infamous among animal rights activists: Every year 23,000 dolphins are corralled into a local cove and stabbed to death with harpoons, only in Japan. Most are sold for food, but Dolphin meat sold to the Japanese people is highly contaminated with mercury, methylmercury, cadmium, DDT and PCBs. The Japanese government provides no warning that eating dolphin meat poses a serious health hazard.

The dolphin meat was found to be highly polluted, containing 19.2ppm (parts per million) of mercury. This is 48 times higher than the maximum advisory level of 0.4ppm, set by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry of Japan.

Dolphins which are high trophic feeders, subjects those eating this meat to high levels of heavy metals, such as mercury, and organochlorines like PCBs, dioxins and benzenes.

In humans, even low-level mercury poisoning has been found to cause memory loss, hair loss, fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, tremors and headaches. Elevated levels of mercury can lead to heart disease in humans and marine mammals. Because mercury is hard for the body to eliminate, it bioaccumulates.

For some two decades environmentalists in Japan and from western NGOs have been attempting to stop the brutal slaughter of dolphins and small whales in a few fishing villages in Japan. Initial efforts were based on exposing the brutality of the hunts.

The fishermen of Taiji and the Government of Japan know that the dolphin meat is highly contaminated but have done nothing about it.

The dolphin massacres in Japan and Europe will continue for as long as members of the international dolphin display industry reward the fishermen with thousands of dollars for animals that are deemed suitable for commercial exploitation in captivity.

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  • kuba 2013/11/05 22:38:10
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    Why would you kill so much dolphins. It's like killing people. Those people are too greedy to see what they are doing
  • jarodandpatrick3 2012/06/29 04:51:13
  • Speedy jarodan... 2012/06/29 06:10:15
    Speedy
    Indeed, Karma is bitch!
  • Metaldane 2012/06/02 23:44:09
    Metaldane
    Yea you obviously haven't done your research the whale hunting in Europe is in the Faroe islands saying it's the Danish is like blaming England for something Canada did and they do it because they have since pretty much forever there's nothing wrong with eating an animal if you don't like it dont eat it.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/06/02 22:43:55
  • Speedy Vision ... 2012/06/02 22:50:46
    Speedy
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    Mine too.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/06/02 21:17:22
  • dick 2012/06/02 20:20:04
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    After all of the atrocities committed by Japan during world war 2 it shouldn't suprise anyone the way they are treating the dolphins they are completely devoid of compasion and mercy if we hadn't dropped the bomb on them they would have had the atomic bomb and dropped it on us within a year we were that close!
  • Eli Joh... dick 2012/06/02 22:02:38
  • dick Eli Joh... 2012/06/03 15:41:07
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    You are so right Eli life is to precious to kill just because you can!
  • Jeff Vader 2012/06/02 19:21:36
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    I would gladly support a total ban on the killing dolphins, however the headline of "Dolphins Massacre in Japan & Denmark" is misleading as the Faroes are not Danish citizens or European, and the Faroe Islands where this takes place is not part of Europe or the EU. And so are not bound by EU treaties or laws which forbid the hunting of Dolphins within the EU.

    The Faroe Islands are an autonomous nation with it's own government and laws within the Kingdom of Denmark with the queen of Denmark as the head of state, the exact same as Canada's relationship with the UK which has queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. They are not governed by the laws of Denmark which forbids the hunting of dolphins. So to call them Danish or European is incorrect.



    The Faroes and the European Union
    Main article: Faroe Islands and the European Union

    As explicitly asserted by both Rome treaties, the Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union. Moreover, a protocol to the treaty of accession of Denmark to the European Communities stipulates that Danish nationals residing in the Faroe Islands are not to be considered as Danish nationals within the meaning of the treaties. Hence, Danish people living in the Faroes are not citizens of the European Union (although other EU nationals living ther...
    I would gladly support a total ban on the killing dolphins, however the headline of "Dolphins Massacre in Japan & Denmark" is misleading as the Faroes are not Danish citizens or European, and the Faroe Islands where this takes place is not part of Europe or the EU. And so are not bound by EU treaties or laws which forbid the hunting of Dolphins within the EU.

    The Faroe Islands are an autonomous nation with it's own government and laws within the Kingdom of Denmark with the queen of Denmark as the head of state, the exact same as Canada's relationship with the UK which has queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. They are not governed by the laws of Denmark which forbids the hunting of dolphins. So to call them Danish or European is incorrect.



    The Faroes and the European Union
    Main article: Faroe Islands and the European Union

    As explicitly asserted by both Rome treaties, the Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union. Moreover, a protocol to the treaty of accession of Denmark to the European Communities stipulates that Danish nationals residing in the Faroe Islands are not to be considered as Danish nationals within the meaning of the treaties. Hence, Danish people living in the Faroes are not citizens of the European Union (although other EU nationals living there remain EU citizens). The Faroes are not covered by the Schengen free movement agreement, but there are no border checks when travelling between the Faroes and any Schengen country. (The Faroes have been part of the Nordic Passport Union since 1966, and since 2001 there have been no border checks between the Nordic countries and the rest of the Schengen area as part of the Schengen agreement. Faroe Islands
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