(POST 2 of 2 CONTINUED FROM POST 1) Gillnets remain to be a colossal threat to the marine community, trapping and killing scores of whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, turtles, and other fish.
With the numbers of vaquitas as low as they are, drastic measures are being taken to attempt to save them. Starting in October 12th, wildlife officials in Mexico have begun attempts to capture and protect the #porpoises
by using U.S. Navy dolphins to locate them. The vaquitas will be placed in pens, protected from #illegal
fishing with the hope that they will be able to breed so that they can survive in the wild again (biologicaldiversity.org 2017). If you’re interested in learning more or want to get involved, check out @vaquitacpr
or consider donating to @seashepherd
's campaign Operation Milagro III dedicated to protecting the waters of the vaquita refuge, patrolling for poachers, documenting issues facing the endangered cetacean, and collecting vital data to share with the scientific community.
While it is incredibly sad to imagine these animals reduced to a life in captivity until their numbers can recover (even if it is a sea pen), with such a dramatic population decline and insufficient resources to adequately patrol the area it may be their only hope for survival despite the fact that their biological needs to allow successful husbandry are not fully understood. At the very least we hope this serves as a wake up call for the rest of the world, and a reminder to be proactive vs reactive to prevent populations of threatened wildlife from getting this bad in the first place. #ExtinctionIsForever #RacingExtinction #HelpSaveSharks
What do you think? Feel free let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Spread the word to help save the vaquitas. Thanks for reading.
Post by: @anna.cucci
Photo courtesy of @oceanicpreservationsociety
, head over to their post about the vaquita with this photo to read more about this issue