With the Vaquita Porpoise on the brink of extinction, two brothers who collaborate as wildlife artists leave their studio behind and head to a small fishing town in Mexico. They board the M/V Farley Mowat to experience the front-line fight between ocean conservationists Sea Shepherd and the poachers, backed by the Mexican cartel, who are devastating countless marine species. Caught up in a tale of greed and corruption, they witness a battle that seems all but lost and find themselves questioning their place in the world. Can they use their craft to take action amidst today’s Sixth Mass Extinction?
Ed Harrison is a designer, illustrator and visual storyteller on a mission to celebrate and protect biodiversity across the planet. He works collaboratively with conservation charities to create playful visual narratives and impactful campaigns. Whilst design and illustration have been at the forefront of Ed’s creative career, filmmaking has always been there in the background. He carries a handheld camera wherever he goes, capturing moments and crafting short films of his life experiences and travels. ‘The Last Vaquita’ is the first documentary he has directed. Ed is also co-founder of Under the Skin with his brother James. They started the creative entity with the mission of shining a light on endangered species and engaging the public in innovative, engaging and empowering ways. Since 2015, Under the Skin have partnered with global leaders in wildlife conservation such as Ol Pejeta, RSPB, Birdlife International and Sea Shepherd.