The Vaquita is on the verge of extinction!

Freda Savahl
3 min readDec 30, 2021

The World’s smallest porpoise in the cetacean family of marine mammals!

Pexels Image of Vaquita swimming

Scientific research of the Nereus Program reports that the Vaquita porpoise, the rarest, marine mammal is impending extinction!

The Phocoena Sinus, a graceful porpoise species, is endemic to the northern end of the Gulf of California & Mexico, where they inhabit the shallow water of lagoons.

They discovered the little mammal in 1958.

Porpoises are aquatic marine mammals, similar in appearance to a dolphin with a length of about 4 feet 7 inches with a weight up to 120lbs.

The species may not exist in the next 2000 years! Research scientists reveal that their numbers have dwindled significantly!

The 2021 count found only ten porpoises left in the wild, but there is still hope for elusive mammals.

Why?

They catch & drown the Vaquita in gill nets by illegal fishing, pesticide use, irrigation, inbreeding & predators such as whales & sharks.

These threats bring the Vaquita to the brink of extinction!

Image by Tim Grenard-Sea Shepherd of poachers fishing in refuge area of Vaquita.

What is the solution?

The World Wild Life Federation is working to ensure that the Vaquita can live & thrive in their natural habitat.

CITES is a global agreement among governments to regulate or ban international trade in species under threat as per IUCN.

Animal Welfare, the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, the Foundation of Carlos Slim provide considerable resources & expertise to the crises facing the Vaquita.

Does it help?

I am devastated to learn that China has a high demand for the swim bladder of the totoaba fish. The Vaquita gets trapped in the large nets used to catch totoaba. The drive in the market is the belief in Chinese medicine that the totoaba bladder is a cure for various diseases.

Thousands of swim bladders are dried & smuggled out of Mexico & through the…

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Freda Savahl

Retired Nurse Practitioner WHC /Contract Provider Deployment Military Services. US Citizen. Immigrant from South Africa 1978.