Thank you for your interest in helping the dolphins of Taiji. Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project and his team of volunteers and staff thank you for your interest in becoming a Cove Monitor. We are looking for candidates with strong writing, video and photography skills who embrace Ric’s peaceful approach to work in Taiji. Please read the information below carefully and provide requested application materials if you’d like to be considered for the Cove Monitor training program and/or a Cove Monitor position in Taiji this coming season, which runs from September 1 to the end of February or beginning of March each year. If you attend the training for a two-week period with an experienced Cove Monitor to learn the routine, we hope that you will return to serve as a Cove Monitor either later this coming season, if your schedule and nances allow, or next year, if the hunts have not yet ended. We are committed to having coverage at the Cove for the entire drive hunting season.
Purpose and Responsibilities of a Cove Monitor
Our mission in Japan is exclusively a peaceful one. Our educational campaign in Taiji emphasizes forging constructive dialogues and building lasting bonds with people in Japan, as well as documenting and reporting on the ongoing hunts. Having volunteer monitors in Taiji during the six-month annual hunt season for dolphins is part of the Dolphin Project’s broader strategy to end the slaughter of dolphins and the capture of dolphins in Taiji for captivity.
We work to bring international pressure against the dolphin hunts, in part, by posting daily onto Dolphin Project’s social media accounts, our website and other media-accessed sites. Information received from Cove Monitors is key to writing blogs, photologs and press releases, designed to disseminate critical information about the hunts across the world. Our conviction is that killing dolphins is not a “culturally” protected activity.
We further work to educate the people of Japan about Taiji’s drive hunts (many Japanese within Japan did not know that dolphins were hunted until our campaign). We educate about the dangers of eating mercury-contaminated dolphin meat (Article 21 of the Japanese Constitution guarantees that the Japanese people have a right to know).
Additionally, we focus on sustainable alternatives for the dolphin hunters, concentrating on eco-tourism that does not involve harming and/or capturing dolphins. We know that establishing a rapport and respectful dialogue with the people of Japan are essential to ending the hunts.
For details about the dolphin slaughter in Japan, please visit our Taiji FAQ page.