Marine Mammal Critically Endangered and May Become Extinct

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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The vaquita is a species of porpoise endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California that is on the brink of extinction.

The estimated population of Vaquita is between 100 and 300 individuals. 

They are listed as critically endangered.

Because vaquitas are endemic to the Gulf of California, Mexico is leading conservation efforts with the creation of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, which has tried to prevent the accidental deaths of vaquitas by outlawing the use of fishing nets within the vaquita's habitat.

On 1 February 2019, Sea Shepard reported that one of its boats patrolling the area to deter illegal setting of nets had been attacked by fishing boats for the second time in a month.

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