• Only 10 vaquita porpoises remain in the wild, but scientists say the world's smallest marine mammal could still make a comeback

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

    A mother and calf vaquita, a critically endangered small tropical porpoise native to Mexico's Gulf of California, surface in the waters off San Felipe, Mexico Paula Olson/NOAA Fisheries via REUTERS
    The vaquita porpoise, down to 10 individuals left, can still survive.
    Researchers found that the genetic makeup of the species is diverse enough to support recovery.
    The most serious threat to the surviving vaquita are illegal fishnets that trap and drown the animal.
    The number of vaquita, a tiny, silver porpoise that lives exclusively in Mexico's Gulf of California, is down to 10 remaining in...
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