The Sea of Cortez is facing total collapse because of a war at sea. Mexicandrug cartels have discovered the “cocaine of the sea,” a valuable fish called thetotoaba—which is at the center of a multimillion-dollar business with theChinese Mafia. To find the fish, these cartels are destroying the ecosystem withillegal gill nets and, in doing so, are killing the Earth’s smallest whale—thevaquita. Local fishermen, caught between the tight grip of the cartel and fightingto protect their livelihood, find themselves in a desperate dance for survival
Filmmaker Richard Ladkani finds incredible access and paints a 360-degree view, capturing striking observational footage of the action to protect the Sea of Cortez, which Jacques Cousteau called “the aquarium of the world.” Saving thevaquita means saving an entire sea—and the critical balance of nature.