A new study estimates that there are likely just 9 vaquita porpoises left in the world. According to a co-author, we have just days to act on effectively enforcing a ban on illegal fishing nets.
An international committee of scientists says the only way to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction could be breeding it in pens, but others say this could accelerate the demise of the marine mammal that only lives in the Gulf of California.
The vaquita marina's numbers have dwindled to below 60 because the marine mammal is getting caught up in nets set out illegally to catch the totoaba fish, which is highly prized for its swim bladder in China.
There are more than 50 beluga whales and dolphins held at the Vancouver Aquarium, according to the senator pushing the bill. The only killer whale in captivity in Canada is located at Marineland, a theme park in Ontario.
Last week, a sexually exhausted porpoise was found on a side street in Sussex wrapped in a yellow tarpaulin. Weirdly, this isn't even a rare occurrence.