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.

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.

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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.

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Vanuatu, my favorite place.

That are not that many places in the world nowadays where you can see truly genuine people that live with their hearts fully open to the world.

I had been in Vanuatu once before about 5 years ago. Back then, seeing the way of life of the communities here had made me think that this was the most amazing place in the world. People really know the meaning of sustainability, low impact lifestyle and the importance of community for the individuals well being. 75% of the population lives in rural areas and mostly out of subsistence.

Sailing back into these waters, I was humbled by the Ni-Vanuatu once more. We have been here for almost two weeks now and have been doing a lot of outreach to the communities and teaching both adults and children on the importance of sharks for the survival of marine ecosystems and the response was extremely positive.

On our “Talk-Talk” we would sometimes show parts of the documentary SHARK WATER by Rob Stewart, a must see film if you want to understand the massive problem of shark finning.

This shows the reaction of some children watching parts of the movie.

Did you know?
With 90% of large sharks populations already wiped out, they are being wiped out faster than they can reproduce. Some of the Large sharks take around 15 years to reach sexual maturity and only have one sharp pup a year.

One of the humble settings where we held one of our talks, which the locals call “Talk-Talk”.

It was a moment of deep reflection for me. I believe that I have learned much more from these amazing people than I could have ever taught them. Coming from the “developed” world and a lifestyle where we strive to conserve and protect the environment is a lot different than actually living and coexisting in harmony with it.

I have lived out of subsistence before and probably not before too long will be able to do so again to a certain extent. I can tell you first hand that it is not such a easy balance to achieve when we have been born in a big city and a “civilized” place.

The south pacific takes a big chunk of my heart and soul and here are some of the photographs from the expedition.

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