Chile’s Chiloé Island and its surrounding waters serve as a crucial feeding ground for blue whales of the southern hemisphere, a migratory route for several bird species, and are a key area for the critically endangered southeast population of southern right whales.

However, the long-term conservation of the area is under threat due to the planned construction of a mega wind farm project on the coast line of Mar Brava, one of the richest zones of coastal biodiversity in Chile. Although renewable energy resources are a great alternative to reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, they can also have a negative environmental impact if not suitably located.

In November 2013, Centro de Conservatcion Cetacea participated with the International League of Conservation Photographers in documenting the area and biodiversity that would be negatively affected by this project. The work is being used to support a strong public campaign for the relocation of the mega wind farm project, and grant long term protection to the area from industrial development.

Posted by:Selket

Selket earned a Bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has produced award-wining multimedia projects. Always searching for unique stories, ranging from illegal immigrants destined to return back to their native lands, to preserving archeological sites in Northern Peru, to a unique bond between a Mahout and his elephant in Thailand. Selket currently resides in Maui, Hawaii where she works for Pacific Whale Foundation. Always looking for the opportunity to travel and create documentaries that inspire and spark consciousness for change.

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