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The Vaquita Porpoise. Photo by Tom Jefferson.
International Save the Vaquita Day in Hong Kong
"Despedida la Vaquita" by Frédérique Lucas
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Two vaquitas photographed during the recent survey ©Todd Pusser
Recent news from Mexico has generally not been good for the vaquita. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Milago has been working with the Mexican Navy and other authorities for the last several months, to remove illegal gillnets. Totoaba season has been in full swing, despite the gillnet ban. Sea Shepherd reports that in the last month, several dozen illegal gillnets have been removed from the waters of the northern Gulf, and found among the entangled victims have been dolphins, humpback whales, sharks, and many totoaba. The beaches of the San Felipe area have been littered with the dead bodies of totoaba, with the swim bladders removed! And worst of all, three vaquitas have been found dead in the last month (the most recent on 24 March), all likely victims of illegal gillnetting! Read more>
Be a part of saving the world's most endangered marine mammal!
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.
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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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