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    Posted January 31, 2011 by
    Taiji, Japan

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    Snow Joke for Dolphin Delivery


    Japan: Sea Shepherd Activists Nicole McLachlan and Andy Romanowski had been following a truck transporting three live dolphins from Taiji to an unknown destination for almost 26 hours when disaster struck.


    As they headed directly into a fierce winter storm, driving conditions deteriorated. The road, which was covered in a thick sheet of ice, was hidden under falling snow. Flashing lights were everywhere as police and other workers tried to lead traffic along a safe route. In the midst of this confusion, the activists managed to stay behind the truck, but noticed something that made their hearts leap!


    The freight truck began to spin and slip on the road’s icy surface. McLachlan and Romanowski report that the truck slid sideways, striking a narrow guardrail that precariously protected all passengers - including the sedated dolphins, from a drop of about 10 meters.


    After remaining with the stranded truck and dolphins for over eight hours, the two activists were turned back by Japanese police officials, who claimed that their car was not properly equipped to handle the dangerous driving conditions. The truck and its cargo of live dolphins remained stuck on the side of the road with no evidence of any planned rescue from Dolphin Base, the infamous Taiji exporter of live dolphins.


    Sea Shepherd activists have been on the ground in Taiji since September 2010 documenting the annual dolphin cull. Dolphin Base makes as much as $300,000 each per live dolphin sold to aquariums and dolphin parks throughout the world.

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