Expedición Internacional Vaquita Marina 2015: Videos

A rare encounter with vaquita occurred on 22 October 2015 and was captured by mammal observer Suzanne Yin on the R/V Ocean Starr using a smartphone held up to the "big eye" binoculars. The video was edited by Ernesto Vázquez. View the video below.


Another encounter occurred on 14 November 2015 and was also captured by mammal observer Suzanne Yin on the R/V Ocean Starr using a smartphone held up to the "big eye" binoculars. View the video below.


Vaquita observers searching with ‘big eyes’. Vaquitas are very shy and avoid all motorized vessels. To see vaquitas before they avoid the ship we use high power binoculars called ‘big eyes’. There are 3 pairs of big eyes on the flying bridge of the ship concentrating on the left, center and right views. Every 30 minutes the observers rotate to a new position and scan for vaquitas. In this video, taken by observer Ernesto Vázquez with a GoPro camera, you see a time lapse of an hour in the life of the vaquita observation team. You can see observers sweeping the big eyes back and forth because the view covers a small area and makes it like looking with a spotlight. Vaquitas can be seen out to 2 miles away even though their dorsal fin is only about one foot high.

Last modified: 12/9/2015