The Whaleman Foundation
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Gray Magic: The Plight of San Ignacio Lagoon
Gray Magic, featuring Pierce and Keely, was our first film
and played a pivotal role in saving San Ignacio Lagoon,
a United Nations World Heritage Site and the last pristine
mating and birthing lagoon of the California gray whale
from being turned into the world's largest salt plant by
This film was presented and distributed to the delegates
attending the December, 1998 meeting of the United Nations
Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
and as a result, the UN sent an investigative team to San
Ignacio Lagoon in 1999 and met with then, Mexican President
Ernesto Zedillo, and strongly recommended he withdraw his
government’s support for the salt plant which he formally
did on March 3, 2000.
This was a huge victory and showed the power films can have
when presented to the right audience and this has been our
primary mission ever since: to educate key decision makers,
while raising public awareness, to the critical issues that
affect dolphins, whales and our oceans through our films and
Public Service Announcements (PSAs).
- Whaleman Founder Jeff Pantukhoff
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