Angel needs our help…


February 4, 2014 by Mark Palmer, Save Japan Dolphins

By Heather Hill

Cove MonitorDolphin Project

Earth Island Institute

On January 17th a pod of approximately 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the Cove.  Amongst them was a beautiful, extremely rare albino calf.  My dear friend and fellow volunteer Cove Monitor Karla Sanjur was in Taiji, documenting the drive hunt, and immediately noticed this little white dolphin.  She said it “looked like an angel with fins”, and so Ric O’Barry and Karla aptly named this baby ‘Angel’.

After spending a terrified night in the Cove, Angel was forcefully ripped from her mother’s side and, as predicted, was taken to the infamous Taiji Whale Museum.

 Angel was born a wild dolphin, belonging only to her mother, her family pod, and the sea.  That’s the life that she and every other dolphin were meant to live. Angel shares her small tank with one larger bottlenose dolphin.  During my the time of my observations, Angel swam in a very small circle in the center of the tank, surfacing for a breath every 20 seconds or so, in the same spot during each lap she made.  After a few breaths, it became obvious how predictable and repetitive her actions were.  She did not interact with the other dolphin, although the other dolphin just floated lifelessly on the surface.  Despite their forced close proximity to one another, they acted as though they were unaware of each other’s existence.  Her eyes remain closed or partially closed.

To watch the videos of Angel in captivity you can click HERE!

What can we do to help?
1. You can click HERE to sign a online petition on
2. You can share this with all your friends via blog, email or FB
3. You can keep up with all the efforts to stop the Dolphin slaughter on
4. You can show your support by wearing a T-Shirt to spark a conversation while 50% of the proceeds will go to this cause! Buy one HERE!

Why do I care so much? I could go on and on and list all the reasons why but one of the main ones is that my heart literally aches for this cause. Dolphins are smarter than you could ever imagine and they know 100% what is happening to them. I encourage you to do your own research, watch The Cove, search my blog for past ‘Dophin’ posts and educate yourself on how we are letting such amazing creatures being treated with such disgrace.


  1. Amy
    February 11, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    I hate this! I hate that this happens to animals. Why can't people just let them be? I'm so mad right now and incredibly sad for Angel! Thank you for making us aware!

  2. Girl On a Journey
    February 13, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    Very sad! I just ordered my shirt. Anything to help this cause. It asked where I heard about them and I put in your blog web address. Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue.

  3. Girl On a Journey
    February 17, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    Received my shirt today and I love it. It is so soft and not stiff like most new t-shirts are. They said to take a picture wearing it and where you live so they can post to their website. They want to see how far they are reaching.

  4. Carly Ann
    March 2, 2014 / 5:01 am

    Two of our friends just spent two weeks in Taiji with the Sea Shepherd group. All but one of their days there were blue cove days, but the one day that they "fishermen" managed to get dolphins in, they said it was the more horrifying thing… the most beautiful blue water turned red with blood. It breaks my heart to hear about these things, but it's all about the education!

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