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Two vaquitas, side by side, surfacing together. 

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>


Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*:


*Based on CIRVA reports from 2014 and 2015 stating an estimated 97 individuals remained and the population was in decline at a annual rates of as much as 30%.  New information suggests the current number could be closer to 50!

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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>


William Whittenbury holding the Muskwa flag and an image of a vaquita.
Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky

Podcasts with two young vaquita activists.

NOAA Podcast:

Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction?

A stylized vaquita
The bookcover of Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky's book, The Vaquita: The Biology of an Endangered Porpoise.


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Journal of Marine Animals & Their Ecology

Read new vaquita articles in scientific journal JMATE

Cover page of Spyhopper periodical image

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

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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