Saving the Ocean

Saving The Ocean with Carl Safina
Episode 1: Destination Baja
Featuring Pachico's Eco Tours
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The following links may be of interest to you in learning more about the Mayoral family and their intimate relationship with the gray whales and San Ignacio Lagoon. Pachico Mayoral and his family have been the subject of, and have contributed to, many magazine articles, documentaries, books, and films over the years.


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NBC Nightly News - Making A Difference
Link to the video from NBC Nightly News. WiLDCOAST Executive Director Serge Dedina is interviewed about his conservation work with Francisco "Pachico" Mayoral, the guardian of the gray whales of Laguna San Ignacio. Dedina and Mayoral are featured on the "Making a Difference" segment of the Nightly News program.

Watching Whales Watching Us – New York Times Magazine
The gray whales of San Ignacio Lagoon along with Pachico are featured in this New York Times Magazine cover story.

Eye of the Whale
This acclaimed book by environmental journalist Dick Russel is a must read for people interested in the Gray Whales and San Ignacio Lagoon. Many sections of the book feature Pachico Mayoral. You can read sample chapters by following this link.

The Friendly Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon Hunted to Near Extinction, the Friendlies Seek Human Interaction
This Readers Digest article covers the history of Pachico Mayoral's first encounter with a friendly gray whale in San Ignacio Lagoon.

The Thinning Giant – Voice of San Diego
"The Thinning Giant" by Rob Davis is an interesting article covering some of the changes Pachico Mayoral has witnessed in the gray whales over the past few decades in San Ignacio Lagoon.

Giants of San Ignacio Lagoon: Close Encounters with the Pacific Gray Whale
Adventurers Gary and Monica Wescott of The Turtle Expedition wrote about their experience in San Ignacio Lagoon with Pachico's Eco Tours in this Trailer Life Magazine article.

In the Wild: Gray Whales with Christopher Reeve
In this documentary Reeve follows the migrating gray whales all the way from the Bering Strait, to the shores of the Baja Peninsula. Pachico and Jesus Mayoral were guides for the film crew.

Ocean Oasis
The IMAX film Ocean Oasis, winner at both the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the International Wildscreen Film Festival, features the gray whales and Pachico. The film is a main feature at the San Diego Natural History Museum's giant-screen theater. Now available on DVD, through your local library, and you can watch it on your local PBS channel.

The Gulf of California - A World Apart
This large format book includes contributions from distinguished scientists and natural history writers. One of the chapters, "A Life in San Ignacio," was written by Pachico Mayoral.

Whales: Touching the Mystery
This is another book on the reading list for those interested in San Ignacio Lagoon. Author Doug Thompson speaks of Pachico Mayoral and compares his relationship with the whales to Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees.

National Geographic Traveler Magazine Blog – Where the Whales Are
Pachico's Eco Tours featured in National Geographic's December 22, 2009 Intelligent Traveler Blog.

YouTube Video
Short videos of San Ignacio Lagoon's gray whales. Posted by guests of Pachico's Eco Tours.