Drone Vision of Cuvier's Beaked Whales

For the first time, scientists have captured drone vision of Cuvier's Beaked Whales swimming off the coast of Mexico. A mother, her calf and 3 other animals were filmed by a Sea Shepherd vessel late last month. The whales are considered the most extreme mammal divers in the world. They can plunge to almost 3000m and stay underwater for up to 2 hours. Because they only need a few minutes at the surface, capturing them on film, until now, has proven difficult.Download the 7 News app: http://yhoo.it/2a8SxYV#CuviersBeakedWhales #7News

Posted by 7 News Sydney on Friday, June 2, 2017

First Drone Images of a mother and calf pair of Cuvier’s Beaked Whales

My latest job has been to develop the media strategy for Sea Shepherd’s new Scientific Research projects. This is a whole new branch for this NGO, that is famous worldwide for its direct action conservation tactics.

My most recent press release involved drone footage never seen before of a mother and calf pair of cuvier’s beaked whales. This release made its rounds across the globe, here is the an example of that on Australian News.

Drone Vision of Cuvier's Beaked Whales

For the first time, scientists have captured drone vision of Cuvier's Beaked Whales swimming off the coast of Mexico. A mother, her calf and 3 other animals were filmed by a Sea Shepherd vessel late last month. The whales are considered the most extreme mammal divers in the world. They can plunge to almost 3000m and stay underwater for up to 2 hours. Because they only need a few minutes at the surface, capturing them on film, until now, has proven difficult.Download the 7 News app: http://yhoo.it/2a8SxYV#CuviersBeakedWhales #7News

Posted by 7 News Sydney on Friday, June 2, 2017

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Carolina A. Castro collaborates on CBS’ 60 MINUTES

I have been working for over a year documenting the story of the Vaquita Porpoise of Mexico’s Gulf of California. This is the most endangered marine mammal in the world and I worked for the NGO Sea Shepherd  as a Media Producer/ Director for this whole campaign — Operation Milagro. Beside producing a VLOG (Web Series) I also shot for a television show that will be release soon on Discovery Channel and also collaborated with news sources such as CBS’ hit  show 60 MINUTES and CNN News.

I collaborated with footage produced by me for this episode of 60 MINUTES entitled “The Last Vaquitas” release on May 22nd of 2016. This is the 36th Episode of Season 48.

It was a pleasure to be part of such an exciting project and to see my name on such a prestigious show.

I hope the tittle doesn’t reflect reality and that the vaquitas will survive and stay in this planet for many years to come.

You can watch the entire episode on CBS’ webpage if you are part of their streaming plans.

60 Minutes Video – You would think the most endangered sea mammal in the world would be a cause célèbre but, as Sharyn Alfonsi reports, that’s not the case with the vaquita

You would think the most endangered sea mammal in the world would be a cause célèbre but, as Sharyn Alfonsi reports, that’s not the case with the vaquita. Watch Sharyn Alfonsi’s report on Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The 60 Minutes Vaquita Episode, May 22, 2016

60 Minutes Discusses the Plight of the Vaquita in the Sea of Cortez

Introducing Sea Shepherd’s Research Vessel Martin Sheen

Sea Shepherd finally has a Research Vessel and I was there to document it.
I have produced the short film ” Unveiling the R/V Martin Sheen” presenting the new ship for the public as well as the first mission of the ship: To measure the density of micro plastics in the North Pacific Ocean.

We sailed from Hawaii to Los Angeles and upon arrival we had the honor to meet Martin Sheen himself who came for the Christening of the ship that bears his name.

It has been great to do some sailing after quite some time. Here are some of the photographs of my time in L.A on the R/V Martin Sheen.

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The Last Frontier on the 10th PARATY EM FOCO Festival

My work about Sea Shepherd’s campaigns down in Antartica will be featured on the 10th PARATY EM FOCO Photography Festival in Paraty, Brazil.

It is a great festival and I am very happy to have my work being presented there it will happen from the 24th to the 28th of september 2014. Check it out!

 

http://paratyemfoco.com/en/portfolios/carolina-a-castro/

 

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Operation Relentless Media Team

I have just spent 4 months in Antarctica aboard Sea Shepherd’s M/V Bob Barker. This was the Sea Shepherd’s 10th Campaign down in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and it was named OPERATION RELENTLESS.

Another year of relentless intervening with the illegal operations of the Japanese whaling fleet in a recognized whale sanctuary.

I was the M/Y Bob Barker producer for the show Whale Wars.

Here is a quick video produced by the photographers Marianna Baldo and Simon Ager about the media team on the Bob Barker.

Hope you enjoy!

Relentlessly

As I walk into the bridge I see a big man resting tall on the captain’s chair of The Ocean Warrior. His hair is grey and his gaze

Carolina A Castro

Carolina A Castro

is rather intense. I introduce myself and he doesn’t seem too impressed; he is wearing a Hawaiian shirt and jeans-shorts. Somehow it isn’t exactly what I expected, we exchange a few words and I go back to whatever I was doing before. It was definitely a strong first impression, after 13 years I can still remember it as if it were yesterday.

I also remember him telling the crew that he was going to Antarctica at the end of the year to stop the illegal whaling Japan was conducting down there. The whole thing was new to me. I was young and inexperienced. I knew for as long as I could remember that I wanted to do something for the environment. When I was about 14 I hung up a picture I found in a magazine of Julia Butterfly Hill, a young woman who climbed an old-growth sequoia tree and said she was going to stay up there to defend the forest. I thought that was amazing.

The year was 2001 and Paul Watson did not manage to make it to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. As a matter of fact not many people had even heard of Sea Shepherd back then. He did manage to gather the resources the next year and take that same ship, now renamed after the author Farley Mowat, down to the cold seas.

To think of that now does seem fantastic to me. Everyone I speak to nowadays knows what Sea Shepherd is and what we do. It is a big difference. But at the same time it is the same, really. We are just a bunch of people who got tired of waiting for the government or “someone” to do what is right. We are just tired of the indifference and of seeing our planet get robbed of its biodiversity at an ever-increasing rate.

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Whale Wars season 7

Whale Wars Season 7 was just released in the US last friday, jan 2nd.

I was the producer on board the M/V Bob Barker and it was an amazing job to document 95 days at sea and then see the show.

And here are some photos of the the media crew and I working on this project.

Carolina A. Castro producing and filming for Whale Wars Season 7 at the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker.

Carolina A. Castro producing and filming for Whale Wars Season 7 at the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker.

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Florida Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Cranes Carolina A Castro

I spend a lot of time in central Florida because I hang glide at the Wallaby Ranch Hang Gliding club. Wallaby is located right at the Green Swamp, an area abundant with the Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis)

Central Florida has had some of the fastest growth rates of anywhere in the world and the urban sprawl is visibly taking it’s toll on the wetlands and it’s wildlife. Nowadays you can see the birds in the strip malls that only a few years ago were their marshes. I was going to the post office the other day and there was a crane by the door.

Sadnhill Cranes Carolina A Castro

It seems cute and the people from Florida do love the birds and seeing them around, but this is a big problem as the cranes used to nest in these marshes that became home developments, strip malls, supermarkets and such. Even though the Sandhill Crane is not considered to be endangered as a species, the Florida subspecies is, and it is in big trouble. They do not migrate like the parent species and it is estimated that there is only about 5000 birds left.

They are monogamous and you can often see the couples performing their courtship dances or a family with their young chick.

Here is a video that shows this type of performance, it is narrated in Portuguese as I made it many years ago for a Brazilian article. But I did add subtitles in English so everyone can understand it.

The cranes can live up to 21 years and are highly social animals living in families, normally they with families of a couple with 1 or 2 chicks.  Sometimes a group of juvenile members will live together after separating from their parents (the raising of the young takes around 10 months).

I observed more cranes than usual at here at the Ranch this year. Perhaps they are a juvenile group plus a family or two. There is probably so may of them together due to the urban sprawl in this area, as it becomes harder and harder for the animals to dwell in the middle of the concrete and buildings.

Here are some of the photographs I made of the cranes this year, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Sandhill Crane eats a snake

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