Imagine, if your mind can withstand the horror, nets deliberately set off the Sunshine Coast – perhaps the bays of Coolum – to catch thousands of dolphins and pilot whales.
Then picture the nets closing in as merciless men with whirling razor-sharp blades move in for a callous kill.
This is the reality of the Taiji terror campaign waged on sea mammals every year near a fishing village in Japan.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society claims more than 25,000 dolphins are killed annually for a mercury-laden food that is poisoning children.
It is an outrage that makes salt water run red and the blood of Aussie professional surfer Dave Rastovich run cold.
He was there this week when the slaughter was happening.
The bloody event sparked a gallant but gory protest, led by Dave, in what the SSCS calls “the killing cove”.
A gut-wrenching surfboard paddle into harm’s way was mounted this week as the Sunshine Coast prepares to protest plans by the Japanese to kill more intelligent sea mammals.
This time the killing zone will be the waters of Antarctica.
Tomorrow in Coolum’s Tickle Park under the banner of “Fight For Fifty”, locals aim to harpoon Japan’s intention to take 50 humpback whales for so-called scientific research. Chances are it will be any number of “our” whales, who frolic off our coastline on their annual birthing migration to warmer waters, that are hunted down.
Anyone who doubts the ruthless purpose of such destruction should learn more of Dave’s experience. He and other surfers, celebrities and musicians had been at Taiji filming what the villagers wanted to keep hidden – the bloody wash and the body count.
Six protesters paddled out on surfboards where a pod of pilot whales had been netted and drawn in for “harvesting”.
Dave, his wife Hannah Fraser, television series “Heroes” star Hayden Panettier, Aussie actor Isabel Lucas, author Peter Heller and pro surfer Karina Petroni formed a traditional Hawaiian surfers’ memorial circle.
Angry fishermen, who use whirring propeller blades to wreak havoc amongst the whales, yelled at the protesters to go home and began attacking them with a long pole. But the surfers held off in serene defiance as long as they could.
“The reason we surfers were there was to share the blood-stained waters at eye level with our ocean kin awaiting their execution,” Dave said.
Hannah added: “Even though the fishermen used force to try and break us up, we held our peaceful stance.
“The feeling in the circle was of incredible strength.”
The protesters have no doubt that as soon as they all paddled to shore and left the area, the carnage was completed.
But now, the message and the visual evidence of a mindless massacre are already seeping into world consciousness.
The Coolum protest aims to overcome metal barb and explosive charges by speaking out against the unspeakable.
Fight For Fifty spokeswoman Lydia Gibson said: “This summer, for the first time in four decades, Japanese harpoons will be waiting for our humpback whales when they reach their feeding grounds in the Antarctic Ocean”.
Lydia is a coordinator of the Humpback Whale Icon Project, which has encouraged almost 50 councils along the eastern seaboard to “adopt” humpback whales.
“Adopting a whale provides the community with an opportunity to add its voice in opposition of this inhumane, unlawful and unnecessary hunt and to demand that the Australian government takes firm action to save our whales,” she said.
Tomorrow’s protest is designed to coincide with the whaling fleet’s departure from Japan and will have the support of Australia Zoo and another Aussie surfer attracted to the cause.
Former world champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew spoke passionately at the last anti-whaling rally in Noosa and will again be joined by Maroochy mayor Joe Natoli to try and scuttle the Japanese hunt. The activities start at 11.30am. APN News & Media Ltd