Friday, April 18, 2008

Vaya Con Dios, Vaquita

The Vaquita is the world's smallest porpoise, the same size as but much cuter than a pre-teen human.

Vaquita means "little cow" in Spanish and I think these things are just adorable.

This is one of the only photos ever taken of a live Vaquita porpoise.

That's because they're so rare that no one can ever find them, unless they wash up on a beach or are trapped in some dickfucker's fishing nets. There are tons of photos of dead vaquitas.

Guess how many of these precious little angels there are left in the world? Researchers don't know because the only ones they ever find are dead. Scientists have estimated in the recent past that approximately 200-300 are around, but up to 40 die every year in fishing nets. So who can say? It has been suggested that they are the most critically endangered animals in the world.

They are local to a portion of the Gulf of California. Conservation efforts are being made, but net fishing continues, and so the perils of the Vaquita are far from over.

Will they join the Yangtze River Dolphin in the MMEG (Marine Mammal Extinction Gang), or will people wise up? Let's hope it's the latter.

Read more about their continued issues here.

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