2/6/2017 The Ecologist
The world’s smallest porpoise is fast heading to extinction, writes Aron White thanks to Mexico’s failure to ban the use of gillnets in its range, and China’s illegal imports of totoaba fish swim bladders, used in Chinese medicine. Without urgent and effective action the vaquita will soon disappear for good.
Despite multiple commitments and increased international attention, efforts to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal are proving woefully inadequate.
The vaquita, a very rare species of porpoise found only in the northern Gulf of California in Mexico, stands today on the very edge of extinction.
Almost half those remaining were lost between 2015 and 2016, and the species is thought to number only about 30 individuals.