With just 30 ‘Vaquita Porpoise‘ left which is also known as Panda of the sea may extinct in 2018 if no actions will be taken to save the extremely endangered species, according to a study.
The Dolphins look alike Vaquita Porpoise comes under the most endangered species of the sea. These sea mammals are mostly found in the upper Gulf California.
“Yet again, we bear witness to the devastating impacts of the illegal wildlife trade. But vaquita aren’t even the target of this crime – they are innocent bystanders, paying the highest of prices,” said Leigh Henry, Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife Conservation at World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
WWF has recommended an immediate, permanent ban on gillnets and remove and destroy ghost nets, to prevent the vaquita and other marine species from being caught.
“Having discovered the vaquita less than sixty years ago, we humans have now brought it to the brink of extinction,” said Jorge Rickards, acting CEO of WWF-Mexico.
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“Their incredibly low numbers are a stark reminder of how our efforts to protect this incredible species and its habitat are falling short. Unless we act decisively today, we could lose the vaquita forever,” Rickards said.
With inputs from PTI