Angel and her mother


Jane Brook, Australia

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On January 17th 2014 over 250 bottlenose dolphins were ruthlessly driven into a cove in Taiji Japan. The pods were massive. As the killing boats rapidly progressed toward Taiji, the dolphins attempted to escape many times and were eventually driven in as five separate pods.

The large family unit of cetaceans also included a rare albino calf, ‘Angel’, (named as she looked like an angel with fins) and she clung to her mother as the hunters pushed, section after section of dolphins into the cove netting them off overnight.

Angel was the first one taken into captivity. A prize, rare albino dolphin to attract the masses. Approximately 35/40 dolphins were stolen from the sea for captivity, 60/70 slaughtered and the remaining pod were all mercilessly dumped back into the ocean.

There is widespread speculation that Angel’s mother committed suicide after her baby was violently taken from her. Volunteer Cove Guardians documented and witnessed the grieving mother repeatedly spy-hopping, looking for her calf, before lowering herself into the water, never to resurface.

Angel once swam alongside her mother, but after being violently ripped away she now resided in a cramped pool at Taiji Whale Museum. She rarely surfaced and showed signs of withdrawal and separation anxiety.

This painting is to remember the loss of Angels mother and all the dolphins who have lost their lives or sold into slavery. Dolphins have very special connections with one another, and I certainly believe that Angels mother continues to watch over her.

I really hope that one day we will be able to stop the brutal slaughter of dolphins in Japan and other places in the world. Here is a petition that you may wish to sign to help stop the slaughter. The other way to halt the industry is to cease going to dolphinariums. The only thing that keeps the deadly drives happening is the potential sales of these dolphins to places all over the world.

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