The last of the vaquita

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Only 30 remain in the wild The vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, is on the brink of extinction. Last week, it was announced that 30 of these porpoises remain in the wild.1 This child-sized porpoise is a species only found in the waters of Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California.2 The vaquita has been listed as critically endangered since 1996.2 In 1997 the population estimated at 600 but since then has only declined.1 Last year there were approximately 60 individuals in the wild.1 And now, only half of those remain.  …read more