Vaquita Expedition 2008: Photos

Vaquita Expedition 2008 is presented in three slide shows and a photo gallery, including the best images of vaquitas ever obtained, images of the Upper Gulf of California, and people and research operations (be sure to visit our photos, videos and recordings for more vaquita images, video and sounds).

Vaquita: beautiful images of a beautiful animal

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Vaquita are so elusive and rare that many fishermen that have worked near them their entire lives have never seen one alive. Vaquita Expedition 2008 presented a great opportunity to put photographers in the right place at the right time to capture images of the vaquita. Private funders supported two crews, earthOCEANThe previous link is a link to a non-Federal government web site. Click to review the NOAA Fisheries disclaimer. and a second independent crew, who shared two chartered vessels to focus on photography and videography during October. What you see here are the best images of vaquita ever obtained. Several images show a mother with distinctive round notches in her dorsal fin. Her calf is about 5-6 months old and close to the age of weaning. Although we saw fewer calves than we did in 1997, we also surveyed 2 months later when many may already have been weaned. Enjoy! These photos and photo galleryThe previous link is a link to a non-Federal government web site. Click to review the NOAA Fisheries disclaimer. are not for commercial use and we request that anyone wishing to use them for education and conservation purposes contact Tom Jefferson (sclymene@aol.com) or Chris Johnson (cj@earthocean.tv).

 

Photo gallery by WHALE TRACKERSThe previous link is a link to a non-Federal government web site. Click to review the NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.
Visit the vaquita photo galleryThe previous link is a link to a non-Federal government web site. Click to review the NOAA Fisheries disclaimer. in which photographer and videographer, Chris Johnson, posts images of the vaquita in an online multimedia project.

Photos taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08 from the Comisión de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP/Secretaría del Medio Ambiente Y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government. This work was made possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Coordinador de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE).

   
The Upper Gulf of California
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The Upper Gulf of California is a beautiful environment with an ever-changing aspect. Photographs capture some of the many moods from fierce 50-knot winds to seas so oily the ripple from a vaquita can be seen miles away. The second is preferable for our purposes but both are part of this small world of the vaquita.

   
People
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Science is not done by scientists alone. Carrying out an Expedition involves a huge amount of preparations (most of which were ably carried out by our Survey Coordinator Annette Henry), funding (special thanks to Jim Lecky of NOAA Fisheries Protected Resources), support from the SWFSC’s Protected Resources Division headed by Dr. Lisa Ballance, and the running of the ship by the command and crew (Commanding Officer, LCDR Demian Bailey). Each player is necessary to make the music. This slide show presents the team from one of the three vessels in the Expedition: the NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan.

Last modified: 12/24/2014