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International Save the Vaquita Day:

A Resounding Success


Events around the world worked to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the vaquita porpoise. We reached thousands through educational displays throughout the world and via the internet. A very special thank you to all those who volunteered and vistited!


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International Save the Vaquita Day in Photos:


Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*:


*Based on CIRVA report from July of 2014 stating an estimated 97 individuals remained and the population was in decline at an annual rate of 18.5%.  New information suggests the current number could be closer to 50!

The Vaquita Porpoise:

A Conservation Emergency


The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by many to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. It is Critically Endangered with an estimated 245 remaining in 2008 and less than 100 in 2014 (CIRVA 2014). It is the smallest of only seven species of true porpoises, and is the only one that lives in warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is found in a tiny area in the extreme northern Gulf of California, near Baja California, Mexico. Learn more about vaquita>


Only an immediate and total ban on gillnets in the entirety of the vaquita's range can save it from extinction.


See a collection of photos of vaquita>





Bonnie Card Weingarth, Golden Dolphins Media Productions, donated video production.

Support the film:

Souls of the Vermilion Sea

Kickstarter campaign!

Listen to

The Elements Podcast with

 vaquita activist

William Whittenbury.


Order the second edition of

Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky's (V-Log) book on the vaquita porpoise.  Purchase now for $12.95


All proceeds go to ¡VIVA Vaquita!








Download the American Cetacean Society's Spyhopper periodical - with news about the vaquita.

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Photos taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08 from the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturale Protegidas (CONANP/Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government. This work was made possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Coordinador de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE).

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