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We are showcasing sights and sounds of endangered Blue Whales in a short documentary, using dramatic, 'close encounter' images, to share the story of these majestic marine mammals and one of the men who has worked tirelessly to protect them, improve their survival rates, and educate others.  Shooting on location in a pristine, and Protected National Marine Park in the Sea of Cortez, the film crew of Sky High Videography will, once again, capture breath-taking footage of whales in the Baja. This is where we ask you to share our vision of educating others about these majestic, yet endangered, whales. Join with us on our journey of telling the passionate story of Fernando, and his dedication to protect the whales of Loreto. We hope you will proudly state, "I'm a Whale Protector, Too".

 We consider this man, 'The Whale Protector'

Fernando Arcas Sainz, Curator of the Whale and Dolphin Museum in Loreto. He is the human face behind the whales, and the hero of our story.
Fernando Arcas Sainz, Curator of the Whale and Dolphin Museum in Loreto. He is the human face behind the whales, and the hero of our story.
Some of the many skeletons in the Loreto Marine Museum.
Some of the many skeletons in the Loreto Marine Museum.

Filming a sunrise over the beautiful Loreto Bay, Mexico.

OK, you want the rest of the story?
OK, you want the rest of the story?

I missed the turn for Loreto driving up the Baja from Cabo and ended up in the Sierra de La Gigantic Mountains at 3:30 in the morning and couldn't stay awake anymore. Earlier, I almost hit a cow...it's open range, no fences for those of you who don't know, anyway if Bill hadn't yelled, "STOP", ole Bessie might have been on my car. Anyway, it is pitch black, only the stars to light the winding turns, Bill was sleeping and I just had to pull over and park along side some mountain. After waking up, I realized that we might make it to this outlook in time for the sunrise. It was worth sleeping in the car just to get this footage. Well, pretty much...);-•

Bill, on location in San Ignacio Lagoon for a PBS special on dolphins and whales.

Frowning is not an option when you see these gentle, and friendly giants
Frowning is not an option when you see these gentle, and friendly giants

You can’t help but grin and roar with laughter when they intentionally blow their spray all over you.

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When you see the calf, you think how huge it is, until the mother shows up. Often, the mother will push the calf up to the boat so it can get attention…..she even holds it on her back sometimes. In this case, the mother decides to push the calf out of the way and get some love for herself.

Low tide means you have to wade out to the boat. No docks in this Biosphere Reserve.

Sometimes filming marine life is a cold, wet experience
Sometimes filming marine life is a cold, wet experience

Bill and Sharen posing for a photo taken by Dr. Joy Reidenberg.

Whales everywhere!  At one point there were six mother and calf pairs surrounding our boat. The locals call them, "the friendlies".
Whales everywhere! At one point there were six mother and calf pairs surrounding our boat. The locals call them, "the friendlies".

Bill and Joy posing for a photo taken by Sharen. 

Very happy people attract the friendly whales. See the Joy?
Very happy people attract the friendly whales. See the Joy?

 High tide means wading out to the boat.

Do you notice the theme of, 'WE ARE GETTING WET'?
Do you notice the theme of, 'WE ARE GETTING WET'?

Here it is, proof positive, that the mommy wants her little baby to meet us.  

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Notice the baby wants to stay longer? The boat is 26' long, by the way

I kissed a whale, and I may have liked it!

We made sure they got plenty of love.
We made sure they got plenty of love.

This baby whale wants attention. If you don't pet them, they go looking for more friendly people. I’ve seen vacation videos of people acting ridiculous when they met the whales and said I would never do that, but guess what? We were all idiotic with delight.

Another Humpback Whale day in paradise for Bill and Jane. 

Shown here in the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We met when the owner of Cabo Sails asked me to join this couple from Colorado, who were going out on one of his boats to do some aerial filming. Whale kissers can't help but like each other, and we had so much more in common with our photography and love of conservation. We are happy to collaborate on yet another filming project, and especially one involving WHALES. );-)

We are completely hooked on bringing these images to others. Well, and sounds...... Jane captured this recording of Humpbacks earlier this year on the Pacific side, near Cabo.

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What an awesome day this was......lots of activity around us. Some of it X rated. Listen for the difference in sounds when the BIG guy shows up. 

Unforgettable story of sighting a whale birth.

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How would you like to do something so small, for something so BIG?

Of course, there is always an end to a day of filming Humpbacks. We caught this one on the Pacific side, just north of Cabo San Lucas. Can you imagine what this looks like from the film drone? Bill launches that drone from the boat in some pretty rough seas. (He acts like it isn't nerve-wracking). Jane and I are holding our breath part of the time....just saying. Later, we soothe our frayed nerves with medicinal margaritas. Hey, that helps support the economy. Mexico is the winter home of our whales.

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We spent two days in Loreto before the rest of the crew arrived from England and filmed some of the sights in the area.

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Risks and challenges

One of the challenges in filming wildlife, is the wild. Whales don't show up on cue, and because we missed the opportunity to film Blue Whales in 2014 by only two days, we have scheduled the absolute center, and not the tail end, (no pun intended), of the Blue Whale season in Loreto. Also, we enlisted the help of one of the most knowledgable whale specialists in the Baja, and listened to the advice of that specialist, Fernando. We are giving ourselves additional days on location in Loreto for filming, to compensate for less than ideal weather conditions. We have already met with marine park authorities, and know what permits we need to film this documentary. Our pre-season scheduling with boats and permits will insure that we are ready and productive on day one of filming.

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