Thursday, July 28, 2011

Looking back at our first trip to Japan PART 2

When activists volunteer for Sea Shepherd they are asked whether they would die to save cetaceans, the six of us nearly had to prove that.  We were 10 km's closer to the epicenter than Sendai, and the tsunami hit the town of Otsuchi 8 minutes after the earthquake hit.  The population of Otsuchi was 17,000 and more than 12,500 people perished.  We missed the deadly rush of water by less than 60 seconds.  If it wasn't for the navigation skills of Scott West, Tarah Shannon and Brian Barnes who were in the car in front of us we almost certainly would have died.  This next set of pictures shows the devastation we barely escaped when we drove to the top of the lookout.

Please support our campaign by donating.  Myself and Carisa will be returning to Japan this September, this time to Taiji.  Without your generous contributions we would not be able to travel to Taiji for the start of the dolphin slaughter.  This year Japanese police are training a task force to prevent activists from filming the capture and killing that takes place from September through March.  Last year there was a constant presence of activists in the Cove and we want to make sure that we keep the pressure on.

Marley Daviduk
Cetacean Defense League

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