Today we want to take a moment to remember and share the story of the Taiji Ten. On February 7th 1997, a pod of 10 orca were rounded up into the Taiji Cove. Five of the orca, comprised of females and young, were taken and sold to the captive display industry. The remaining five orca, unwilling to leave the rest of their pod, were pushed back out to sea - it is unknown what became of these five, but without the young females, their long-term survival prospects were low. Of the five taken into captivity, a young male and a pregnant female quickly died. Today, there is not a single surviving orca out of the five that were taken into captivity.
Please spare five minutes to watch this BlueVoice.org video and remember the Taiji Ten: