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Report: World's Most Endangered Porpoise Now Likely Down to Just 50

Extinction Imminent Without Drastic Action by Mexico to Save Vaquita

SAN DIEGO— A scientific report released today finds that vaquita porpoises declined by more than 40 percent in a single year and consequently only around 50 individuals of the species likely remain on Earth. The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California.

While the vaquita population has been declining for decades, based on data through 2013, an international team of scientists concluded a year ago that fewer than 100 animals remained. The new report documents a 42 percent decline from 2013 to 2014, with additional animals killed in late 2014 and early 2015 before a fishing ban was instituted in April 2015.

“It’s horrifying to witness, in real time, the extinction of an animal right in front of our eyes,” said Sarah Uhlemann, international program director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Without drastic help, vaquitas could vanish completely in just a few years. We need the world to wake up and help save these incredible porpoises.”

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mstark@biologicaldiversity.org, (520) 623-5252, ext. 315

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Banner photo courtesy Flickr/loggerhead sea turtle courtesy Flickr/DamienDuToit; vaquita photo by Paul Olsen/NOAA