The vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, has never been caught alive. But with fewer than 60 of the species now left on Earth, scientists are embarking on a “risky” mission to capture as many of them as they can in a last-ditch effort to save the animal from extinction.
The International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, or CIRVA, a conservation group that the Mexican government established in 1997, will spearhead the launch of the rescue program in the spring.
“It would involve locating them, capturing them and putting them in some kind of protective area,” CIRVA chairman Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho told The Associated Press of the plan this month.
Scientists from around the world, including acoustic monitoring and porpoise capture experts, will lead the effort, Rojas-Bracho said. “The team is the best that can be put together in the world. It is the ‘dream team,’” he told the AP.
Originally posted to The Daily Catch: www.theterramarproject.org/thedailycatch
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