Vaquitas Could Be Extinct By 2018 Unless Drastic Measures Taken

Mexico’s vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).

Mexico’s vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).

Vaquitas (Phocoena sinus) are small porpoises found only in the northern Gulf of California. They weigh up to 120 pounds (55 kilograms) and are distinguishable by the dark, panda-bear-like rings around their eyes. There are only about 30 of them left in the wild, making the species critically endangered. According to the WWF, these shy porpoises were only discovered in 1958. The main threat to their survival is illegal gillnet fishing, which vaquitas can get tangled in and drown.

“Unless we act decisively today, we could lose the vaquita forever,” Jorge Rickards, the acting DEO of WWF Mexico, said in a statement.

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Ben Joldersma
Ben Joldersma

my friend Matt Johnson is down in Mexico as we speak with Sea Shepherd fighting to save these beings.

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