My school semester just ended (yes!), so I finally found time to work on some art. This is what I’ve done in the last few days.
Here are 2 WWF-style ads for online sharing:
Here is a digital painting/photo manipulation I made of a Vaquita from a picture of a Harbor Porpoise:
Here is a wonderful crochet Vaquita that my 9-year-old sister made:
This is a canvas painting that I just completed based on a photograph by Chris Johnson. I will be working on another canvas painting soon that will be for sale, so stay tuned!
Tudosoiu Dragos, the creator of V-log’s new logo, has also created the new logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2014:
Also, this Sunday, January 26th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, California will be having their 44th annual Whale Fiesta. You can visit the Muskwa Club’s table, which will be spreading awareness for the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise. They will also be advertising my book, which will be available in Cabrillo’s gift shop. Please stop by for a whale of a time! 🙂
I was inspired by Betina Loudermilk’s comment on Facebook. She says that she will go on an eco-tour to look for the Vaquita if she is able to, which is amazing news! I hope many more people take the initiative and go on Vaquita-friendly eco-tours, because it is supporting the fishermen that switch careers from fishing with gillnets to giving eco-tours. You can read about some of the businesses that switched from gillnet fishing here: http://www.cedointercultural.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=69&Itemid=66. Also, here is a travel itinerary I made for a Vaquita-oriented vacation: https://vlogvaquita.com/2013/07/18/update-vaquita-vacation/. This is the comment thread I mentioned above:
In October I posted Chris Johnson’s new Vaquita short film. You can read that post here: https://vlogvaquita.com/2013/10/07/new-vaquita-short-film/. The video was taken down for a little while, but was re-launched on December 8 at the Society for Marine Mammology Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. You can read all about the extraordinary video, and of course watch it, on the Whale Trackers blog (also below): http://www.whaletrackers.com/new-vaquita-short-film/. Please share!
Also, Argent Aqua Jewelry just came out with an update to this pendant: a Vermeil and diamond Vaquita. Quite a holiday gift, and $12.25 from each purchase goes to Vaquita conservation!
Please don’t forget to think about the Vaquita over the holidays. I know it is hard to worry about a porpoise while you are chowing down on a warm apple pie, but the little things really do make a huge difference. For example, you can Adopt-a-Vaquita for someone as a gift, or donate a few dollars from a Christmas card to ¡Viva Vaquita!. Maybe make a Vaquita-conscious holiday meal, buy a beautiful Vaquita item from ¡Viva Vaquita!’s gift store (with the new Memuco collection), or easiest of all, write a Facebook post or Tweet about everyone’s favorite critically endangered porpoise. And please, show us what you did! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org saying the wonderful things you came up with this holiday season!
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Chris Johnson of earthOCEAN, creator of the http://vaquita.tv/ website and the famous Vaquita documentary, “Last Chance for the Desert Porpoise,” has recently released a new short film about the Vaquita, titled “Saving the Desert Porpoise.” It is an update on the documentary from 2008, with new info, graphics, and interviews. It is a perfect video to get completely up to date on the Vaquita’s situation. Please read Chris’s article about the film and watch it below: http://vaquita.tv/blog/2013/10/04/new-vaquita-short-film/.
In an interview with Chris Johnson, Dr. Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho stated that the Vaquita probably has the cleanest blubber of any marine mammal. This is a direct result of the health of the Gulf of California, which is one of the least polluted and most naturally productive areas of ocean in the world. This shows how simple the Vaquita’s threat is. Once we remove the gillnets, the Vaquita is in one of the best possible places to thrive. Watch the inspirational interview below. (Not viewable in email.)
Filmmaker Chris Johnson just released his updated Vaquita movie. Watch it here: http://vimeo.com/58132769. This movie is so great for the Vaquita, but it does bring up some points that make me a little nervous about the Vaquita’s survival. The new Vaquita-safe net appears to be the future for the Vaquita, if there is any.
Check out this site and read this article by Chris Johnson, the videographer of the “Vaquita: Last Chance for the Desert Porpoise” movie.