Meet the beautiful vaquita, the world’s rarest animal with only 10 left.

According to the most recent information, there are only 10 vaquitas left in the wild. This means that the world is about to lose another important species.

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This little porpoise lives in the northern part of the Gulf of California. Its population has been in danger for a long time, dropping from 600 in 1997 to 30 in 2017.

Now, word is getting around that the vaquita’s future is in danger because only ten of them are still alive.

The vaquita, also called the Phocoena sinus, is a small porpoise that grows to be about 5 feet long and weighs about 120 pounds when it’s fully grown.

Vaquita Extinction

They live in shallow, warm water and tend to be alone most of the time.

Vaquitas are the only species of porpoise that can live in warm water, which is a very unique trait. Every other kind of animal needs water that is colder than 68°F.

Because of the black rings around their eyes, they are also called “sea pandas.”

Unlike the white rhino, which was nearly wiped out by poaching, fishermen don’t chase after the vaquita.

Traditional fishing methods in Mexico, on the other hand, have killed off this marine species, which is a tragedy.

The problem is that fishermen are using gill nets to catch a fish called totoaba that is on the verge of extinction.

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Vaquita in the northern gulf of California

Totoaba, which is a delicacy in China, can cost up to $50,000 on the black market.

Even though both totoaba fishing and gill nets are against the law in Mexico, local fishermen keep doing them because they can make a lot of money from them.

All of this affects the vaquita because gill nets, which are used to catch totoaba, also catch small porpoises that get stuck in the nets.

Last-ditch attempt to save the vaquita porpoise | Endangered species | The Guardian

Earth League International is a group that keeps an eye on wildlife trafficking. Recently, Andrea Crosta went to Mexico, where different sources confirmed that the number of live vaquitas is very low.

He is worried that the vaquitas that are still alive might die during the illegal fishing season.

Some environmentalists hoped that, in addition to laws and information from groups like the WWF and Viva Vaquita, a few vaquitas could be saved and raised in a zoo.

The vaquita is almost gone.

In 2017, a conservation group called Vaquita CPR tried to save some of the animals. They didn’t succeed, which is sad.

Even though all animals feel some stress when they are moved to a new home, the female porpoise that the crew saved couldn’t handle it and died soon after being put back in the water.

People who thought that keeping the animals in captivity would be a good way to save the species were hurt by the tragedy.

Crosta reminds us that we must keep fighting for the vaquitas, even if they go extinct. Groups like Elephant Action League and Sea Shepherd will continue to watch the Gulf of California and figure out how they are being trafficked in China.

“Even if they kill all of the vaquitas, we owe it to them to tell the whole story, the truth, and we want to bring those responsible to justice, who, by the way, are not the fishermen.”

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