Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Human Face of Global Tragedy

[images of Otsuchi  from the Sea Shepherd site @]

Marley, from her Facebook album
Kids, I have a personal connection to the devastating event in Japan, beyond my love of humanity and the natural world. The beautiful young woman who has shooed my sister's horse for years is in the middle of it right now, in Otsuchi. Marley is a passionate animal activist, and she  and her boyfriend had just arrived in Japan to join with the Sea Shepherd in guarding the dolphins, and to continue to work of exposing the massive and unconscionable slaughter of these beautiful and intelligent creatures, as documented in the film The Cove.

They were right in the bay when the earthquake hit and quickly climbed a high nearby hill, from which they watched the entire event.

You can read Scott West's description of what they are going through at the Sea Shepherd site (

Marley alerted us on facebook yesterday to let us know they are  all right. But they have been through a horrifying event, along with so many thousands of humans. It hits close to home when someone you admire and care about is somewhere on the planet, living through hell.

Both Marley and Scott are haunted by a woman's calls for help for hours during the event. She was on top of some floating debris. The young people climbed onto a seawall to try to help her, but the woman could not maneuvre her platform and they had no way to get a line to her. They listened to her cries for help as they tried everything to get help for her. Finally two boats approached the vicinity, then left. They heard the woman's cries no more. They hope she was picked up. She may not have been. Help may have come too late.

They write about debris everywhere, and roads being impassable. They write about the ground undulating beneath their feet,  water surging in and out, an angry black roaring giant, gulping up everything in its path. At the bottom of Scott's update, he writes that the current "crop" of dolphins, that had been trapped in the cove for the next slaughter,  could not escape during the tsunami, were bashed against the rocks and screamed horribly as they died. He writes, "The souls of the dolphin molesters are without light."

He also writes about the incredible warmth and kindness of the Japanese people who, having lost everything and themselves walking through hell,  so generously helped them and shared what little there was with them, helping them find a way out of town.

Marley and her boyfriend are  now at the airport trying to get home. But it is uncertain when or how flights will happen, when they do. The airports, the planes are all destroyed. They are naturally worried about the nuclear reactor situation.

The thought of the woman's cries, as she  floated midst the debris, haunts me. The thought of her plight magnified by the tens of thousands, stuns me. The thought of the nuclear reactor melting down terrifies me. The thought of what it will take to recover from this disaster is daunting. It is like another Hiroshima, another Nagasake.

So much heartbreak. Incalculable loss. And, in the middle of it all, human beings reaching out to help human beings. When the chips are down, as I firmly believe, most people on earth are good and kind.

Come home safe, Marley!


  1. Brave people indeed.I read about the pre-preparedness of the Japanese (always admired for their hard work )in the news recently..Hats off to the Japanese people!.
    I pray and hope they get all the help they need and be safe.

  2. Good heavens, Sherry, I hope she makes it home safely with her boyfriend. I have been
    watching this unfold on CNN and it is
    heartbreaking footage.


  3. Dear Sherry, Tears came to my eyes again, as has happened before since this tragedy. I have a niece in Japan and her children, they are very frightened, but so far OK. I heard about a debris float located just off the coast, one mile by 60 miles. Hard to get your head around this. I pray for Japan. Thanks for your post.

  4. I agree with you, Sherry. Most people on this planet are good, and will help those in need whenever they can. :-)

  5. I hope your friend will be all right. I was just watching a show an hour ago about a surfer who was attacked by a great white shark. Dolphins surrounded him and helped to save his life. I admire your friend for her efforts to help them in return.

  6. Oh Fireblossom, thanks for telling such a cool story. My hero Alexandra Morton, who has devoted her life to saving the whales in the Strait and, now, the salmon migration, was once paddling when a thick fog fell, as they do on the coast, so thick she lost her bearings and couldnt find her way . Suddenly out of the fog came several killer whales. They encircled her boat and led her right to her own cove, then departed as silently as they had appeared. A very intelligent species. Their psychic powers are far superior to ours. Even though we have hunted them, held them captive, harpooned them, still they come to greet us and, sometimes, to save us. I suspect they can read peoples' auras, help those whose hearts are true and hopefully try to avoid the others. You should watch The Cove. You will be outraged.

  7. more astounding experience
    thanx for sharing & strength & love's care
    to Marley & man
    and all souls there


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