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AZA SAFE Vaquita Partner Update: Wild Lens, Inc.

Souls of the Vermilion Sea: Searching for the Vaquita from Wild Lens on Vimeo.

Wild Lens, Inc., an AZA SAFE partner organization, is currently developing a feature-length documentary titled “Souls of the Vermilion Sea” to raise awareness about the plight of the vaquita and to highlight some crucial vaquita conservation efforts. To begin engaging audiences beforehand, they recently released a shorter, fourteen-minute film titled “Searching for the Vaquita”, focusing on the Vaquita Survey Mission that took place in late 2015. This featurette delves into day-to-day life on the survey vessel Ocean Starr, in addition to sharing viewpoints on vaquita recovery efforts from both conservation experts and local fisherman. We encourage you to view and share the video. It can be viewed in English at, and in Spanish at

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