Lest We Forget: Steven Thompson, A Cove Hero
“Steven proved his point by jumping into the water and swimming out to the closest net. From there he tossed a ball over the net towards the captive dolphins. He wanted them to have some form of activity that could possibly take their minds off of their situation. We wondered if they knew that the next dawn was likely to be their last.” ~ SSCS Cove Guardain Scott West, October 11, 2010
I’ll never forget that day. When I fist read about Steve jumping in the water, I quickly went to my facebook friend list. Was this the same guy that sent me a friend request when he had only eleven other friends? Sure enough, it was! I then looked up photos of Steve. Wow! It was the same guy I had seen before with Scott, Elora and the other Cove Guardians. This man was instantly my hero.
” . . . Steven jumped into the water and towards to nets! He surprised us… we didn’t realize he was going to make a big speech. We thought he was just going to test them and we didn’t want to see him go to jail.” ~ Cove Guardian Elora West, October 11, 2010
A family man, with a wife and daughter at home, took it upon himself to get closer to the dolphins despite warnings from the local police. He checked on the pod of dolphins and saw the mothers and babies, who he demanded be set free. This is when the barbarians would leave he dolphins or a whole day to contemplate their fate. The murderers would then come back the next morning to engage in their poor excuse of a bloody job.
Steven stayed with the sentient beings all night. He played ball with them to keep their minds occupied and he refused to eat anything because the dolphins were not allowed to eat. They were not even afforded the luxury of a last meal.
“This guy is still at the beach now, cold and hungry, I’m honoured to have him as a friend. His intention is to remain their all night on watch. We’ll be back at The Cove in a few hours and are in phone contact with Steven. When we join him, at dawn, we expect to watch these dolphin be slaughtered … nursing mothers and babies too…” ~ Cove Guardian Jackie Legg, October 11, 2010
The next morning, six young dolphins were set free. Two others were sold into slavery. The rest were murdered by the cowards of Taiji. The killers didn’t care about the babies. They were set free because of the heavy media presence. If only the media were there every day.
The day may come when you will have to make a decision to act for a greater good. You may have to make a choice to do something outrageous. If you don’t, you will regret it for the rest of your life. There should be hundreds of Cove Guardians in Taiji. Where is everyone? Can you afford the trip? Do you have the time? Even if you can’t get away but you have the funds, you should sponsor someone to be a Cove Guardian. There are many people that have the time and the desire to go, but they simply cannot afford it. If you can, I urge you to do so. Maybe it’s time to get your feet wet. Maybe it’s time for you to jump in the water.
News Footage of Steven’s Demands
“Here is your opportunity to become a Cove Guardian. To join us in Taiji (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk), write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you, but please be patient. We cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer e-mails at the same time” ~ SSCS Cove Guardian Libby Katsinis
- Documentary | The Cove (markpeterdavis.com)
- Two sides to meet over Japan’s ‘The Cove’ dolphin hunt (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Taiji Meeting to Discuss Dolphin Slaughter Goes Awry (animals.change.org)