Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Captain Thomas Le Coz surveys the ocean for a small fishing boat spotted near the Sam Simon on Feb. 13 while Caroline Scholl- Poensgen and Emillie Reader wait for instructions.  

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Bosun's Mate Nick Allan, left, and deckhand Patricia Gandolfo await further instruction as the Sam Simon combs the ocean for illegal fishing nets on Feb. 13. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Meghan Hein works as both a chef and engineer on the Sam Simon. It's the Canadian's first campaign with Sea Shepherd. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Sea Shepherd ship Sam Simon in the Baja Peninsula Feb. 2017.

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Dangling nets on the deck of the Sea Shepherd ship the Sam Simon. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info
FEB. 12-14, 2017 SAN FELIPE, MEXICO — First Mate Alistair Allan seeks visual confirmation of illegal fishing activity after a small fishing boat was spotted very near the Sam Simon on Feb. 13. Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the waters of the Baja Peninsula, two anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets. Though the nets cast by local fishermen are meant to catch totoabas - fish whose swim bladders are considered Chinese delicacies and go for around $20,000 USD on the black market — the nets indiscriminately tangle and kill all manner of sea life, including the Vaquitas dolphin which is near extinction. CREDIT: Tara Pixley ×
Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Drone pilot Guiga Pira maneuvers one of the Sam Simon's drones above the nearby boat of fishermen they believe are looking for an illegal fishing net left in the area. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin.
Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info
FEB. 12-14, 2017 SAN FELIPE, MEXICO — Sam Simon crew await further instruction as the ship combs the ocean for illegal fishing nets on Feb. 13. Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the waters of the Baja Peninsula, two anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets. Though the nets cast by local fishermen are meant to catch totoabas - fish whose swim bladders are considered Chinese delicacies and go for around $20,000 USD on the black market — the nets indiscriminately tangle and kill all manner of sea life, including the Vaquitas dolphin which is near extinction. CREDIT: Tara Pixley ×
Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Sam Simon deckhand Emillie Reader drops anchor on Feb. 13, 2017. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin.
Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Bosun Nicolas Cescato, right, and deckhand Tom Zack, center, struggle to free a badly-injured stingray tangled in an illegal fishing net. A few crew members of the Sam Simon set out on a small boat to retrieve an illegal fishing net and release sea life from its tangles around 3 am on Feb. 13, 2017. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Senior deckhand Nicolas Cescato frees a crab tangled in an illegal fishing net. A few crew members of the Sam Simon set out on a small boat to retrieve an illegal fishing net and release sea life from its tangles around 3 am on Feb. 13. 

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

Sam Simon deckhand Emillie Reader walks toward fellow crew members after dropping anchor on Feb. 13, 2017.

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Off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula, anti-poaching Sea Shepherd ships patrol the area for illegal fishing nets meant to catch totoabas but also decimating the vaquitas dolphin. info

The crew of the Farley Mowat, Sam Simon's companion boat on the Baja campaign, sees off a couple crew members heading home on Feb. 14, 2017. Sam Simon deckhand Tom Zack, foreground, is also heading home.  

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