Why Just One

About the Film

Set on some of the most beautiful but dangerous beaches in the world, a team risks everything to save the most vulnerable and ancient of creatures, sea turtles.  For more than 100 million years, sea turtles have survived, witnessing the fall of the dinosaurs and the dawn of humankind.  Now, there is a war taking place between poachers and conservationists that will determine their survival.

Join Sea Shepherd in our first in-house feature length documentary on the sandy shores of Costa Rica.   In the documentary, Why Just One?, Sea Shepherd defends the same beach where Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered in 2013 while protecting sea turtles. The Sea Shepherd crew endures attacks and brave treacherous conditions. They tackle a vexing paradox: trying to prevent the poaching of sea turtle eggs in Costa Rica when the activity is legal in one beach town, Ostional, on the country’s Pacific coast. This legal loophole fuels and enables egg poaching throughout Costa Rica.

In Why Just One?, Sea Shepherd explores the widely accepted statistic that just one in one thousand sea turtle hatchlings survive to maturity.  The statistic is not even for eggs surviving, it's for hatchlings.

Why Just One? That questions cuts to the heart of every effort that aims to keep sea turtles swimming in Earth's oceans. It's a deceptively simple question, but one that defies simple answers.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchling

 

Cast and Production

Producer/Director/Editor

Michael Colin

Executive Producers

Captain Paul Watson
Richard Dean Anderson
Andrea Gordon

Associate Producers

Holly Marie Combs
Eric Laner
Jennifer Nolan
Jorge Serendero

Director of Photography

Sam Sielen

Music

Moby

Field Producers/Costa Rica

Maxime Aubin
Ellen Campbell
Osiris Castañeda

Field Producer/Florida

Jasmine Lord

Field Producers/Florida and Honduras

Ashleigh Allam
Gavin Garrison

Field Producer/California

Shannon Mann

Camera/Sound

Ashleigh Allam
Maxime Aubin
Ellen Campbell
Osiris Castañeda
Gavin Garrison
Jasmine Lord
Sam Sielen

Additional Camera/Sound

Clément Boler
Alexa Moyer
Alba Treadwell

Drone Operators

Maxime Aubin
Gavin Garrison
Steffen Hantropp

Sound Mix

Mark Escott, Phoenix Sound Design

Color Correction

Glue Editing & Design

Operation Jairo Campaign Coordinator

David Hance

Sea Shepherd Costa Rica Liaison

Jorge Serendero

Costa Rica Ground Leaders

Brett Bradley
Ben Harris

Costa Rica Crew

Joan Albert
Marisol Arroliga
Kelsey Batker
Rosaura Benavides Quesada
David Blanchard
Stacy Bernstein
Clément Boler
Janos Zoltan Bozo
Catherine Brunel
Brock Cahill
Salomé-Charlotte Camors
Jessica Cowie
Daniela Cruz Esquivel
Rebecca Cruz Esquivel
Lies Dieben
Julie Douglass
Theresa Field
Jorge Gonzalez Sanz
Steffen Hantropp
Sara Hayem
Jérôme Jcette
Brian Kelly
Martin Knoll
Ose Kühn
Evelyn Lopez Vasquez
Amber Masters
Ollie McKeague
Joel McQueeny
Myra Melendez
Julia Müller
Marc Petit
Kymberlee Prince
Jordy Redondo
Franziska Renaud
Clive Seppanen
Alex Shopov
Marco Steiner
Perry Steinhilber
Radhika Subramanyan
Ethan Wolf

Costa Rica Security

Elisardo Soto Mena
Rady Abellán

Florida Ground Leaders

Matt Hart
Graham Henry
Korri Bindl

Florida Crew

Shannon Alder
Meghana Amarnath
Tad Barrett
Victoria Belbin
Christophe Berresse
Lisa Blizzard
Tye Block
Brian Bojonell
Sara Burgon
Vicky Dalgleish
Kim Diaz
Derek Donelle
Virginia Fine
Sam Griffin
Julia Gulia
Gary Hoffmann
Dagmar Hossfeld-Giessel
Rosemary Jambert-Gray
Camilla Kaerslund
Maria Kaminske
Brian Lochlaer
Ana Mansuy
Catherine Martinez
David Michel
Rebecca Moffat
Montse Monge
Melissa Panadevo
Marc Pangerl
Sandra Petee
Lisa Robles
Michael Sklenak
Carol South
Matthew Sweigart
Jennifer Taylor
Kelly Thompson
Kris Uytterhoeven
Dina Warren
Wayne Wood
Cy He

Honduras Ground Leader

Karen Hagen

Honduras Crew

Christos Aristotelous
Iggy Beerbower
Catherine Boyes
Oscar Eunson
Bruce Torres Fisher
Christopher Hoban
Sheri E. Hubball
Melissa Maura
Sheena McNally
Davy Morel
Neli Naydenova
Markus Schlander
Jennifer Schug-Tozi
Christy Schakel
Maude Sichet
Dennis Sullivan
Victoria Szuch

Costa Rica Researcher

Danae Paolino

Spanish Dub

José Erre
Elizabeth Ríos

Translators/Transcribers

Gerardo Alvarez
Evelyn Byer
Gabriella Cortes
Rebecca Cruz
Ana Fantini
Alejandra Gimeno
Heather Heffernan
Myra Lousteau
Mary Latham
Andrew Lynch
Megan Morrissey
Julie Patterson
Berenice Plata
Teresa Ramon
Zayna Robles
Maria Soledad
Katalin Timár
Nicole Tinajero, Sea Shepherd Mexico
Héctor Torres, Sea Shepherd Mexico
Katerina Trabazo
Kaleb Vick

INDIEGOGO THANKS

Consulting Producer

Evert Meulie
Volker Redeker
Stephan van Ingen
Sharon Wada

Turtle Power

Stephanie Tobor
Mark Colin

Anti-Poaching Hero

Jason Flemyng
Dr. Ralph and Penny Koo
Nena Ng
Beate Paprotny
Catherine Seed

Conservation Champion

Heike Meyer
Danielle Ricciardi
David D. Iskra
Matt Francis

Conservation Hero

Marc Dreyer
Judith S. Dronzek
Scott Feraro
Abby Gee
Robert Wydler Haduch
John McDonald
Elena Schirenc
Paul B. Stearman
Anika Vogelsang
Bruno Waser

Direct Action Hero

Jes Carey
David Michel
Holly Karmanocky
Jospeh A. Rizza
Kathie Rongo

Special Thanks

Richard Whitecloud / S.T.O.P.
BICA, Honduras
Daniel Villa
Moby
Colin Riddell

Thanks

Mark Benjamin
Lala Garita
Cyrill Gutsch
Zorianna Kit
Lilia Letsch
Sandra McElhaney
Operacíon Moín
New Media Rights
Parley
Dayna Rozental
Sea Shepherd France
Sea Shepherd Global
Frank Sicilia
Farrah Smith
Ysanne Spevack
Lea Stepken
Jordan Yospe
Jake Weber

Sea Turtle Footage/Images Courtesy of:

Geoffrey Gearhart, tellus4d.com
Erika Monastrial
Mark Hewitt
Eden Craig
Michael Dickel
Molly Williams
Veronia Sylva, Blue Menpachi
Jeff Wildermuth
costaricaguide.com
Local Ocean Trust: Watamu Turtle Watch
Eric Chiang
Scott Eck
Tom Gruber, tomgruber.org
Rupert Imhoff
Randall Arauz/PRETOMA
Alejandro Fallabrino
onemoregeneration.org
ProDelphinus
Projeto Tamar
T. Tucker, Mole Marine Laboratory
Matthew Karsten, expertvagabond.com

Other Footage/Images Courtesy of:

Dian Fossey, Gorilla Fund International
Berta Cáceres, Goldman Environmental Prize
“Jairo: La Lucha Continúa,” 2015, Pucho & Roy
“Jairo, Estamos Con Ustedes,” Page Moderator
“¡No Me Toque Los Juevos!,” Francisco Munguía

Creative Commons Footage/Images:

Green Turtle Grazing Seagrass
Credit: P. Lindgren
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Jairo Mora Weighing Hatchling
Credit: Christine Figgener
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Costa Rica Drug Traffic Video
Credit: Jim Hoffman
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Costa Rica Drug Traffic Video
Credit: Miranda Smith
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Jairo Mora With Children
Credit: Widecast
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Hatchling Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Credit: Hila Shaked
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One More Step
Credit: USFWS/Becky Skiba
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Sea Turtle Killed By Boat Prop
Credit: Shyamal
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Poached Green Sea Turtle
Credit: Hans Hillewaert
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Dead Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Credit: Tai Manu-Olevao
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Sea Turtle Migration Map
Credit: Pinpin
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Video Clip of Butterfly
Credit: Thermaling Girl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIoip2yFyVs

Man Examining Dead Sea Turtle on Beach
Credit: N. Noor
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Sea Turtle Hatchery
Credit: Roberto Verzo
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Sea Turtle Drowned in Fishing Net
Credit: Salvatore Barbera
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News Footage/Images Courtesy of:

Teletica, Costa Rica
Lindsay Fendt, The Tico Times, Costa Rica
Alberto Font, The Tico Times, Costa Rica
Repretel, Costa Rica
Canal OIJ, Costa Rica