I have just returned from our first ParleyxSnotbot expedition in Mexico this year. The first leg of the trip was going to San Ignacio Lagoon to do a new and different type of population count by using a fixed wing Drone, called the Flightwave. The drone performed well, but some details have to be improved in order to reach our desired goals. From there we went on a long road trip to Loreto, where we had an amazing encounter with Blue whales the year before, shooting the sequence for the National Geographic Documentary "One Strange Rock", which is premiering in New York next week hosted by Will Smith. Back to the trip ... Sadly we had to find out that this year very few whales had been sighted, also the weather made it very hard to even get out onto the ocean. Our lucky charm kicked in early, and we had encounters from day one, but we had to work hard for it and be extremely patient.
32 Snotsamples where in the bag after one week. Even a Poo sample was in this years collection. Part of the export conditions was to dry it before taking them into the US. It took 3 days and made our appartment the least popular hang out place.
One lucky Sea turtle was also part of this years highlights. On day 2 we saw a heavily entangled green turtles with plastic bottles as floats. I managed to catch it and free it with Iain Kerr's help. One more animals saved, and i spirit lifted for the rest of a very successful trip. Only a very very long flight back home to Australia, where new adventures await!