Cove Blue for Jiyu

Jiyu, in her last hours

Jiyu, in her last hours; Photo by Heather Hill

First, I have changed the name of my blog from “Mo’s Blog” to “Cove Blue for Jiyu.”  The rest of this post explains why, somewhere in between the lines.

The life and death of Jiyu the dolphin struck me deeply.  As has been discussed by myself and others, Jiyu was snatched from a free life in the ocean, having witnessed some or all members of her pod being killed, placed into a small sea pen with other dolphins unknown to her and with whom she likely could not communicate, only to languish and then be killed when her value as meat outstripped her value as entertainment.

We cannot bring Jiyu back, and she is at least free from the torturous existence epitomized by the captivity industry, but Jiyu is a bellwether for me.  She is a bellwether for what can happen when a system that is allowed to benefit corporate entities and a few people is allowed

  • to utilize marketing to hide the truth from those outside that system, and
  • to count upon the lack of political or individual will to demand that truth.

I will never forget her.  I will never stop working for dolphin freedom, or the freedom of all creatures, including homo sapiens, to live the life that this planet provides for them naturally, unharassed and untrammeled by unsustainable systems.

If you have read some of my other pieces, you may have ascertained, while wading through my inarticulateness, that my core belief is in the inherent dignity and unity of all life.  That all are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.  I also believe that the logical imperative for a right to be inalienable is that it cannot be purchased with a price that includes compromising or extinguishing even one of another’s inalienable rights.

Human beings appear to have, however, set themselves apart from the rest of the organic and inorganic parts of this Earthly paradise and to merely consider this paradise to be “theirs” to unsustainably, that is, without regard for inalienable rights:

  • extract both substance and information;
  • anoint certain species, that would be all 8.7 million species except homo sapiens (translates, I believe ironically, to be “wise man”),  to be here on Earth for the enjoyment, sustenance, and curiosity of themselves;
  • justify this anointing of themselves as above all others under the auspices of certain religions and mythologies;
  • procreate without regard for how it impacts our ability to respect the inalienable rights of other species, or indeed, of the ecosystem in which our species found ground fertile enough to grow (again, under the auspices of dot dot dot);
  • having procreated beyond a sustainable number that respected the inalienable rights of our fellow Earthlings, in which I include plants, run roughshod over this delicate and graceful Earth by developing unsustainable systems to feed, shelter and clothe that unsustainable human population.

We, this opposable thumb species, take it as our birthright to create any problem and to sell any solution that someone will buy, whether it will crash the entire system.

For Jiyu, I pledge to be part of creating a sustainable world, built upon the truth of  inalienable rights.  It isn’t just about creating a world that respects the dignity of the Earth’s most intelligent species.  It’s also about creating one that truly respects the dignity of humans, too.

That one may catch you on the way home.

Cove Blue for Jiyu.

Photo by Greg Huglin

Photo by Greg Huglin

13 responses to “Cove Blue for Jiyu

  1. This is a beautiful, heartful piece. The horror show in Taiji that cost Jiyu and thousands of other dolphins their lives must end. Thank you for telling the story.

  2. Thank you! And you’re welcome. We will be in this until all dolphins are free, truth is told, and our systems sustainable.

  3. Thank you for telling this, an thank you for being a voice for the voiceless.

  4. Thank you for listening!

  5. Thank you for your Story, Holise. We have been aching for any real word as to Jiyu’s fate just as we having been long awaiting any news of Misty. One supposses Misty met the same fate because in Japan there is really only one fate for the dolphin world..DEATH and TORTURE! R.I.P. MISTY AND JIYU, you were both so loved by the rest of the world!!! Our Loss is great. You will not be forgotten!

  6. It’s not Holise, but thank you! But I don’t know about Misty. It is my understanding that we believe that after having been moved to a cleaner enclosure she was doing better. But please check with the FB page of Save Misty the Dolphin or their blog at for more information about Misty.

  7. Hey Mo, thanks for keeping the memory of Jiyu alive! I think this is my photo – can you please credit Save Japan Dolphins? Thank you! 🙂

    For Jiyu <3

  8. Unless this is Rosie’s? I swear my picture is identical, though I don’t know that I ever published this one to the internet… Sorry if it’s not 🙂

  9. I’d be very happy to. Since you’re not certain, let me go back and look. I should be more mindful. This was in a series, and I think it was from other Sea Shepherd pics, but I’ll look and get back to you!!

  10. Heather – I think it must be one of your pics. I think I probably saw it first on FB. But I’ll make sure to note that they’re your photos. Thank you for taking them, and I am so proud of your strength and can imagine how horrid it is to actually have witnessed her miserable life.

  11. Yes yes, I found the post as well. Thanks for the edit, appreciate it!

  12. Heather, If you ever see one of your photos here unattributed, please let me know, and I will correct it immediately. I never mean to not point to another activist or artist!

  13. Very well presented.
    First we invented religion to tell us we’re better than the other species and can therefore abuse them with gay abandon. Then we invented science to tell us the same b.s.
    All the other predators respect their prey species and competing predator species. We are the only species that pollutes the planet, destroys habitat & kills whole herds for greed & trinkets.

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