The Vaquita Porpoise. Photo by Tom Jefferson.
Vaquita Painting by Barb Taylor
Some of the 90 fishing boats photographed inside the vaquita "refuge," December 5th 2014
"Despedida la Vaquita" by Frédérique Lucas
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The vaquita population most likely now numbers less than 90 individuals (perhaps much less), and is rapidly heading toward extinction, with a probable point of no return within the next year. Valuable time has been lost during the 2014 shrimp gillnet fishing season, with the Mexican government delaying action, and vaquita numbers declining further. Read full statement>
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. More>
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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