28 Feb '17, 5am

Down to 30, Desperate Bid to Save Last #Vaquita

Down to 30, Desperate Bid to Save Last #Vaquita

Visible Earth/ NASA Diversions of water from the Colorado River have reduced the flow into the Gulf of California to a mere dribble, and the loss of fresh water has devastated species ranging from clams and grasses to the vaquita as well as traditional fishing communities. There’s more to ponder in relation to the dolphins and porpoises (and other life forms) that get into harm’s way because they evolved in rivers and bays now dominated by people. For the most part, communities closest to the waters that these marine mammals frequent are not thrilled when the animals suffer. (There are exceptions, noted at the end of this post.) During the survey for Irrawaddy dolphins in Bangladesh that I wrote about Wednesday, researchers saw two dolphins that had drowned while entangled in fishing nets. According to their research paper, the fishermen said such accidental deaths of the ...

Full article: https://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/?s=vaquita+extinct

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