09 Nov '17, 6am

Endangered Vaquita Died After Being Captured #care2

Endangered Vaquita Died After Being Captured #care2

Conservationists are mourning the loss of a critically endangered vaquita porpoise who died after being captured by authorities. The vaquita only exists in a small area in the Gulf of California, off the coast of Mexico. Despite past efforts to protect them, including the creation of a refuge in 2005, their numbers have continued to decline at an alarming rate. Over the past five years, their numbers have dropped by 90 percent, and there are believed to be fewer than 30 individuals left in existence who have continued to suffer heartbreaking losses . One of their main threats is being killed as bycatch after getting entangled in gillnets used to catch shrimp and other fish. They’re also suffering as a result of illegal fishing targeting endangered totoaba for its swim bladder, which is used in Chinese medicine and is also considered a delicacy. While measures have been tak...

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