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The confluence of wind and ocean currents buffeting Mexico's Baja peninsula shapes the variegated ecosystem of the Sea of Cortes, the subject of this eye-catching 2000 large-format film celebrating nature's bounty. More concerned with arresting imagery than scientific context, director Soames Summerhays rather haphazardly organizes his footage of marine fauna, birds along the shore, and sweeping aerial views. The narration, although provided by an ecologist and a naturalist, is a redundant gush of new age wonderment at sights better left to speak for themselves. 38 min.

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