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Vaquita Capture Program Ends

Vaquita Rescue Program Setback
Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a small porpoise endemic to the northern Gulf of Mexico. Illustration by Justin Shepherd
Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) Illustration by Justin Shepherd

A  rescue program to save the vaquita, the world’s most endangered cetation (whales, dolphins and porpoises), has not started off well.  Earlier this year, I reported that there were only an estimated 30 vaquitas left in the world. That number may now be down to 15 or less.   The ambitious program to save vaquitas experienced a setback when a captured female died.

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