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Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) mother and calf surface in the waters off San Felipe, Mexico. World's rarest marine mammal, with an estimated 8 individuals left as of June 2022. Vaquitas, a species of porpoise, become trapped and drown in gillnets fishermen set illegally for Totoaba (Chilean Sea Bass), a fish whose swim bladder is a delicacy in China and sells for thousands of dollars per pound. On the 10th March 2022, after a 40 year prohibition, CITES authorized the export of captive-bred totoaba fish from Mexico, thus increasing the demand for totoaba, and with it the likelihood of this species going extinct., Credit:Paula Olson/NOAA / Avalon
Post Date: Jul 6, 2022 1:31 PM
TAG ID: ptsphotoshotfour545601 (RM)
Credit: Paula Olson/NOAA / Avalon/Newscom
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Photographer: Paula Olson/NOAA / Avalon
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Keywords: mammal, mammals, animal, animals, wildlife, cetacean, cetaceans, cetacea, porpoise, porpoises, mexico, mexican, china, chinese, fishing, endangered, rare, vulnerable, threatened, gillnet, gill net, gill nets, gill netting, gillnetting, environmental issues
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