With Only 23 Vaquitas Left, The Race is on to Save The World’s Smallest Porpoise

With Only 23 Vaquitas Left, The Race is on to Save The World’s Smallest Porpoise

With the help of state-of-the-art sonar scanning technology, a group of dedicated organizations is bringing new hope to a gravely endangered species — the vaquita porpoise — in Mexico’s Gulf of California.

“The vaquita is the most critically endangered marine mammal on earth,” World Animal Protection’s U.S. Oceans and Wildlife Campaign Manager Elizabeth Hogan told LFT. “Estimates currently have the vaquita population down to 23 individual animals, and therefore their habitat must be protected as a matter of utmost urgency.”

With so few vaquitas left, WAP, the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA), and Monterey Bay Diving have teamed up to clear the area of deadly gillnets, the vaquitas’ greatest threat.

“Gillnets left in the Gulf of California, Mexico to catch totoaba are the single biggest cause of the vaquita population’s decline,” said Hogan. “Vaquitas are solely found in the upper Gulf of California, so making this habitat safer for them by removing the nets is crucial if their population is to rebound. Just as important is the active enforcement of Mexico’s gillnet ban, so these nets don’t become rampant once more once the totoaba fishing season begins again.”

Over 5,000 meters of nylon-based illegal nets — left behind by prohibited fishing operations — were found and removed this month during the team’s quest to save the vaquitas’ habitat.

“While the situation for vaquitas is dire, there is still hope for them if the international NGO community and governments collaborate to protect them,” said Hogan. “We must keep their habitat safe from the gillnets that entangle them, and the Mexican government must also enforce its gillnet ban. People caused the vaquita’s decline, and people have the power to save them.”

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14 Comments

  1. May Grouchy de vornez

    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

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  2. LMS

    We need to save & protect the vaquita and every other species inhabiting our planet, in every corner of the globe. Humans will not stop wiping out our planet’s fauna & flora if there is a dollar to be made, some how. It is never appropriate to obliterate any species we SHARE our planet with. And it is SHAMEFUL that it occurs just about every day.
    We have duty to our planet & future generations to protect & nurture our globe & ALL its treasures. Only a TOTAL FOOL would think +/or argue otherwise!
    ***Thank you to all those working so diligently to save these precious mammals.

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  3. Anne grice

    This has to work to stop the demise of these valuable lives. I hope the public is more aware of this dire situation and do their best to protect them!

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  4. Pamela Isenhour

    Please save these gorgeous beings. They’re sooooo peaceful, and sweet. Lord, please provide safety for them in the wild for many decades to come!!!

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  5. Karl Hamann

    This is the best days’ work you could be doing!

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  6. April M

    How many species are going to be let go extinct?? Species our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren……all future generations will never see or know of. With these animals it could be very, very soon! Why can it not be that more time & expense is given toward saving animals from extinction than just plain not caring?

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  7. Tisa

    Thank you. I am forever grateful to the kind people that work so hard to save and protect the animals against greedy, selfish people.
    It is a never ending battle. There seems to be an endless supply of these cruel people that have no sense of what is right or what is wrong. Cruel humans are so satanic.

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  8. Tisa

    Thank you. I am forever grateful to the kind people that work so hard to save and protect the animals against greedy, selfish people.
    It is a never ending battle. There seems to be an endless supply of these cruel people that have no sense of what is right or what is wrong. Cruel humans are so satanic.

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  9. linda

    Thank you all for your successful dedication to help the Vaquitas to overcome the infringement of man again. Man is the root of all evil. I would like to know what penalties are in place for people caught using these gillnets. Those nets probably a threat to more fish. Again thanks for all your hard work. Glad to hear good news.

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  10. Eileen Anne Wesolowski

    Please stopped this we are losing these beautiguls mammals not right karma will get them !!!

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  11. Rod

    Keep doing what your doing it is obviously paying off.

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  12. Ellen

    Very grateful for these people. They are the cream of the crop in the human population.

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  13. Nikita

    thank you to all who are trying to save the vaquita!!!

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