23rd May, 2022
Vaquita Porpoise is believed to be on the brink of extinction, with 10 or fewer still living in Mexico's Gulf of California, their sole habitat.
About Vaquita Porpoise:
- Category: Mammal
- Length: 4-5 feet
- Habitat: Gulf of California
- Threat: The biggest threat to the species is not habitat loss or genetic factors but illegal "gillnet" fishing.
- The porpoises often become entangled and die in the large mesh gillnets used by poachers hunting the totoaba, an endangered fish highly valued in some countries for its perceived medicinal properties.
- Status: Critically Endangered