Only 10 Vaquitas Remain on Earth
Devastating news from scientists: Only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world. The animal's extinction is virtually assured without bold, immediate action.
Vaquitas, the world's smallest and most endangered cetaceans, are found only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. Scientists are calling on the country's president, Andrés Manuel Lopéz Obrador, to end all gillnet fishing and adopt a "zero tolerance" policy of enforcement in the vaquita's last habitat.
"One of Earth's most incredible creatures is about to be wiped off the planet forever," said the Center's Sarah Uhlemann. "Yet Mexico has only made paper promises to protect these porpoises from deadly nets, without enforcement on the water. Time's running out."
Read more in this New York Times op-ed.