The vaquita, a small porpoise endemic to Mexico’s Gulf of California, is the world’s smallest and most endangered small marine cetacean. With fewer than 200 left, high levels of entanglement in fishing gear threaten imminent extinction if current trends continue.

Each year, anywhere between 40 and 80 vaquitas are killed in gillnets and trawl nets used in both artisanal and commercial fishing. At the same time, the habitat of the species has been altered by damming of the Colorado River in the US.

More information found at WWF

This post is posted on Friday 16 August 2013.
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