By Johanne Aa Rosvoli
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
So, it’s my turn to head back home.
My 3rd trip to Taiji is coming to an end, and I feel so blessed and sad at the same time. Blessed to know that I am a part of this change. Sad to have witnessed two days with slaughter, and dolphins being taken to a life of captivity.
I stood with tears in my eyes when we saw the boats driving towards the harbor in formation, chasing this beautiful pod of Risso’s dolphins. I knew that this day too, would make me keep fighting for these innocent animals, who only want us to listen to them, like they listen to us.
I went on and on in my head about how I can be a louder voice for these dolphins. How can I make people understand that this has to come to an end, or there is no hope? Well, I realized, while I stood there watching these dolphins being driven towards the Cove, that I just have to keep on talking about this, telling people about the movie, sharing all the important information about this cause, and never doubt that I have this voice to use and to protect my friends – the dolphins. If I only change one on my way, that one will maybe change two, and so it goes on.
Being at the ground in Taiji is one of the toughest experiences I ever had. But I’m so incredibly proud and humble to be here, as a Cove Monitor, for DolphinProject.com, and my biggest hero, Richard O’Barry. Also, I could never have done this trip without my Cove Monitor-colleague Tia. You make me stronger, and you make me believe when I feel like there’s no hope. Thank you!
Please, use your voice and never be silent. These dolphins desperately need you!
With love, Johanne