Critically endangered vaquita porpoise found dead in Mexico

• A vaquita marina, a critically endangered porpoise of which about 20 are believed to remain, was found
dead in a fish net off the coast of Mexico.

• Two patrol ships from the environmental group Sea Shepherd found the vaquita’s badly decayed carcass, trapped in a gill net in a protected marine reserve in the Gulf of California, in northwestern Mexico.

• Environmentalists say the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, has been nearly wiped out by such nets, which are used to fish for another species, the also-endangered totoaba fish, which is about the same size.

• The totoaba’s swim bladder sell for up to $20,000 on the black market.


Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Prelims level: vaquita porpoise

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