• 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