The Vaquita is the world’s smallest porpoise. They live only in the northern reaches of the Gulf of California, Mexico.
Scientists estimate that 200 animals remain. This shy, elusive porpoise is disappearing due to accidental entanglement in fishing nets set for shrimp. Following the loss of the Baiji (Yangtze River Dolphin) in 2006, the Vaquita is the next marine mammal in line for extinction.
In October 2008, I traveled to San Felipe, Mexico to follow an international scientific expedition to document and monitor the last remaining Vaquita.
This expedition marks the beginning of an all out, last-ditch effort to save the little known Vaquita. With so few animals remaining, time is critical.
The Mexican government has a two year plan to remove gillnets from the water to save the Vaquita. What does that mean for families in an area of limited economic opportunity where fishing is the only source of income?
Vaquita - Last Chance for the Desert Porpoise" is a documentary film and social media project. This is part one of a seven part series.