Mexico captures rare vaquita porpoise in bid to save species


MEXICO CITY: Mexico said Saturday it had captured a rare vaquita marina porpose — a female of reproductive age — as part of a last-ditch bid to save the critically endangered species. The vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal gillnet fishing and there are just 30 left in the wild. The Mexican government and conservation groups have launched an unprecedented plan to save the species by transporting as many as possible to a protected marine reserve. “The @VaquitaCPR team has managed to capture another vaquita marina,” Mexican Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano tweeted, adding that the animal is in the care of veterinarians.


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