Sea of Shadows /
Sea of Shadows
Winner of the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival. The war on drug trafficking in Mexico is child’s play compared to the violence, cunning, and amounts of weapons and money involved in the illegal fishing operations in the Gulf of California. The drug cartels call the critically endangered Totoaba fish “the heroin of the sea”. It is sold for immense sums to dealers in China, where its bladder is used in traditional medicine. The gill nets threaten to eradicate the Gulf’s rare ecosystem, causing the extinction of the world’s few remaining Vaquita, a species of dolphin endemic to the Gulf. This gripping eco-thriller follows undercover investigators, navy soldiers, and activists who face violent poachers; and features footage of aquatic mammals so rare many believe them to be the stuff of myth.