I made the vaquita thread a few days ago.
I'm just checking to see if any of you guys remember it. My goal with this post is to remind you of the plight of the vaquita so you don't forget. I believe in cause and effect and I think raising awareness of this amazing endangered animal will help. Most people haven't even heard of vaquitas, and I want to help change that.
Vaquitas have one of the most limited ranges of all cetaceans. They only live in a small part of the gulf of California.
>Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction--Can It Be Saved?
>Drastic measures are needed to rescue vaquitas in the Gulf of California.
By Virginia Morell, for National Geographic
>Only 97 vaquita porpoises remain in the wild. Their steep decline is blamed largely on illegal gill-net fishing in the Gulf of California.
"The vaquita, a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California, is rapidly going extinct, an international team of scientists reported earlier this month.
The researchers say that the marine mammals--whose name means "little cow" in Spanish--are accidentally drowning in the gill nets local fishers deploy for fish and shrimp. A mere 97 vaquitas remain.
Vaquitas are shy creatures, and rarely seen, except when they're pulled to the surface--dead--in nets. They've been known to science only since 1958, when three skulls were found on a beach. At the time, it was thought that they numbered in the low thousands. Scientists and fishers alike say the animals, with their pretty facial markings ("they look like they're wearing lipstick and mascara," one scientist said) and sleek bodies, are endearing.
There's danger now that the porpoises will become the second cetacean (the first was the baiji, or Chinese river dolphin) to succumb to human pressures, most likely disappearing forever by 2018.
"It's a complete disappointment for everybody, because we've all been working hard to turn this around, and the [Mexican] government has addressed this from the highest level possible," said Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, a cetacean conservation specialist at Mexico's Commission of Natural Protected Areas and a member of the team.
>You need to release yourself from the dogma that life is a good thing, or, more exactly, that this species is better off existing than being extinct.
Pic of you btw
Start talking about them a bit.
Just mention to someone what vaquitas are, where they live, and that they're endangered due to being caught in fish nets.
I'm sure you can work this into a conversation somehow.
The chain of causality works in strange ways.
>Never knew about vaquitas, thanks OP.
You're most welcome.
>Unfortunately, they're probably fucked since they can only be found in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf of California, actually. Yes, their prospects for long-term survival are not very good, but maybe that can change.
>Ok I will.
>Do you know if they have captive breeding programmes for vaquitas?
They don't, no. Vaquitas are delicate, and capturing them to take them into captivity is too risky.
How much autism would you say you have? Ballpark figure is fine
The vaquita is dying because people are killing them via illegal fishing.
It's not just because it's cute that I want to save them. They're a part of the Gulf of California's biodiversity, and they're very intelligent animals.
And they suffer a lot when they're killed in illegal fishing.
It's not just that they're dying out--it's that people are literally killing them to the point where they're likely to go extinct soon.