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Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexico team up to save the cutest little porpoise ever

09 / 06 / 2017, Yahoo Science

A nearly extinct porpoise might have more of a chance thanks to actor and environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio, who took to Instagram and Twitter to get help from the Mexican government. SEE ALSO: This mobile game lets you 'clean up' plastic pollution from the ocean Back in early May, DiCaprio posted about the vaquita porpoise, the world's smallest porpoise and most endangered marine mammal. There are only 30 left in the wild.  The smallest member of the porpoise family is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Unsustainable and illegal fishing practices have caused a dramatic decline in the vaquita's population. Fewer than 30 vaquita may be left in the wild and without immediate action, they face imminent extinction. Join me and @World_Wildlife and let President Peña Nieto of Mexico know that we demand action to protect the vaquita today. Link in bio. A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on May 10, 2017 at 6:41pm PDT With fewer than 30 vaquita left, the time to act is now. #SavetheVaquita https://t.co/iQD8q4ottZ — Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) May 12, 2017 As DiCaprio pointed out in his post, the vaquitas' habitat in the Gulf of California along the west coast of Mexico is dangerous for the marine mammals who are often caught up in gillnets. He called on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to demand action. And the president responded.  On Twitter the next day, he posted that his country "has focused all its efforts to prevent the extinction of this species." .@Mexico has focused all its efforts to prevent the extinction of this species. — Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) May 12, 2017 It wasn't just talk; the president teamed up with DiCaprio and his foundation to draft up a plan to protect the endangered species. On Wednesday, the actor and president, along with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, signed an agreement to help conservation efforts for the vaquitas in the Gulf of California. The agreement, supported by DiCaprio and Slim's foundations, permanently bans gillnets for fishing; ramps up enforcement of illegal fishing and poaching; and adds more regulations for anyone trying to fish in the protected area.  DiCaprio said in a statement that the agreement is a "critical step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to be both vibrant and productive, especially for species like the critically endangered vaquita." This all started on social media, so it was fitting that DiCaprio tweeted about the agreement that will hopefully save the small porpoise. Honored to work w/ President Nieto (@EPN) & Carlos Slim to ensure the future viability of marine life in the Gulf. https://t.co/QxRoL08Nd8 — Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) June 7, 2017 We wouldn't want to lose those little porpoises forever. Just look at them. WATCH: Scientists 3D printed ovaries that produced healthy baby mice

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