Mr. Izumi Ishii-San From Dolphin Hunting to Dolphin Watching

Via Scoop.itEarth Island Institute Philippines

Once one of the most outspoken advocates of the capture and killing of dolphins in Futo.


Izumi Ishii was a 3rd generation dolphin hunter, and is still a 6th generation fisherman. His father and grandfather taught him the ways of the sea. Taught him to fish, taught him to hunt.


But Ishii-san has changed everything. “I heard the sound of the dolphins crying as they were killed. I could not bear it” he said in describing his reasons for converting from dolphin killing to dolphin watching.”The value I now see in dolphins is not the value of their meat, but of the wonder they incite in us.”


“I had been moved by the sight of pods of dolphins and sometimes forgot my job as a hunter even when I was hunting them. I would like to convey my excited feelings to people through dolphin watching…”