Only 22 Vaquita Porpoises Remaining!
Experts estimate that the total population of the rare mammal to have been thinned out to about 22. The number is a slight increase from what was expected, with many estimating it to be as few as 15.
Vaquita’s are small, five-foot long cetaceans – the order that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises, who reply on fish and squid as their diet. They have snub stouts, round dark eye patches and smiling black lips. The Vaquita has been referred to as the ‘marine Mona Lisa.’
Surprisingly much of the fault of their looming extinction lies within the ongoing trafficking of the rare totoaba fish, whose bladder is a delicacy and valued highly in China.