Mexican President tweets DiCaprio in reply to plea over rare porpoise

5/12/2017 Reuters

Vaquita4_Olson_NOAAMexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto wrote to Leonardo DiCaprio on Twitter on Thursday in a bid to reassure the Hollywood actor his government was taking steps to protect a rare porpoise in Mexican waters teetering on the brink of extinction.

Populations of the vaquita, a tiny snub-nosed porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California, have dropped sharply in recent years because of gillnet fishing for shrimp and totoaba, a popular delicacy in Asia, sparking increased international concern.

On Wednesday, DiCaprio called on his 17.5 million Twitter followers to get behind a World Wildlife Fund campaign online, which urged people to petition the Mexican president to “take strong action now” to save the vaquita.

On Thursday evening, Pena Nieto took to Twitter in English to defend his government’s efforts on behalf of the vaquita, addressing the actor directly with his first tweet.

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