The vaquita marina, is one of the six species of porpoise. One of the rarest marine mammals. Only about 30 of them remain in the Gulf of California, Mexico.
A group of scientists and biologists was working on a project to try to save the species. This past Saturday, the effort to preserve this endangered species failed, as the vaquita marina couldn’t handle the stress of being in captivity and died.
They are almost extinct due to illegal fishing activities mainly by setting large gillnets to catch totoaba. The totoaba is a fish which has a high demand for its swim bladder, as it is considered a delicacy in China. The vaquita often gets caught and drowned in this nets. When it comes to the extinction of the vaquita, everybody should be held accountable, from corrupt authorities, illegal fishermen, and consumers of exotic delicacies alike. Let's stop pretending we don't take part in it.
Photo by: Tom Jefferson/NOAA Fisheries/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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