It’s super rare for me to sit and scroll through the channel guide on my TV, but when it happens, I often find myself watching one of two channels: History or Smithsonian. So, it really didn’t seem strange for me to select a marine animal to highlight for this post. As crazy animal lovers, my c0-author and I decided we’d do our best to shed light on some animals that are close to extinction. Today we talk about the vaquita. I bet many have never heard of it, seen it, or cared enough to look it up. (…and honestly, you aren’t alone.)
This little dude is found in the Gulf of California – pretty close to where some of you live, I’ll bet. He’s in the porpoise family but is so small at birth that he gets caught in fisherman’s nets and rarely survives. While this is just one of many porpoises that are being caught in the nets, it does point to a larger issue. As the human population grows so does the demand for food. Many times we are not sourcing wildlife responsibly and the sustainability of these precious animals is lacking.
…you would think more could be done to ensure the safety of the vaquita since they are practically the dolphins little cousin. If you want to know more about these guys, please check out this short video on Saving the Desert Porpoise.
What are your thoughts on the many marine animals that are being trapped and killed in these nets?