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the Vaquita Day 2021 (July 24th)

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3D image of a vaquita that you can rotate around. Pretty Cool!

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The Vaquita Porpoise:

A Conservation Emergency

  

The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by most to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. In January 2017, the population size of the vaquita was thought to be <50, based on the results of a 2015 vessel survey and acoustic study. 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.

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An immediate and total removal of gillnets from the entirety of the vaquita’s range can save it from extinction.

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News & Updates

View Wildlife Speaks: The Vaquita

View Souls of the Vermilion Sea – Full Vaquita Documentary

Also see: Sea of Shadows | National Geographic

Using YouTube Subtitles/CC: Click on “CC” to turn on (red), “Settings” and click on “English (auto-generated)” then select “Auto-translate” and use your preferred language.

This excellent new book describes the politics and science of the vaquita issue. Brooke Bessesen has done exhaustive research into the issue and weaves a compelling story of the efforts to save the species from extinction. This is a must-read for any vaquita fan. More details about the book and how to order can be found at: www.islandpress.org/books/vaquita

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