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First vaquita ‘rescued’ in bid to save the porpoise from extinction

25 / 10 / 2017, Mongabaycom News

For the first time, a team of scientists has captured and then released a vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a rare porpoise in the Gulf of California, as part of a project called VaquitaCPR aimed at hauling the critically endangered species back from the edge of extinction. “The successful rescue made conservation history and demonstrates that the goal of VaquitaCPR is feasible,” said Rafael Pacchiano, the minister of the environment and natural resources in Mexico, in a statement. “No one has ever captured and cared for a vaquita porpoise, even for a brief period of time.” Members of VaquitaCPR scan the sea for signs of vaquita in the Gulf of California. Photo credit: VaquitaCPR. The VaquitaCPR team, comprising members from at least seven countries, caught a 6-month-old calf on Oct. 19 with the aid of underwater acoustic monitoring, but team veterinarians noticed that the animal seemed to be stressed out. Once they had taken tissue samples for later genetic testing, they released it back into the location where they had found it. “While we were disappointed we could not keep the vaquita in human care, we have demonstrated that we are able to locate and capture a vaquita,” said Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, a government scientist and the head of VaquitaCPR, in the statement. Short for “Vaquita Conservation, Protection and Recovery,” VaquitaCPR is a Mexican government-led project aiming to find the porpoises in the wild and house them in specially built pens. It’s a last-ditch effort to save the remaining vaquita, whose numbers have declined to fewer than 30, one that…

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