Video: The vanishing vaquita

The vaquita, a small porpoise in the salty waters of the Upper Gulf of California, is at risk of going extinct. Its total population is currently estimated at 12.

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The United Nations says that a million species across the planet are at risk of going extinct, including one-third of the world’s marine mammals. The vaquita, a small porpoise that lives in our backyard in the salty waters of the Upper Gulf of California, is poised to lead the way. Its total population is currently estimated at 12. We take you to San Felipe, Mexico and onto the waters of the Upper Gulf to see firsthand the efforts being made to save this creature and explore why, despite years of warnings about its fate, the vaquita population continues to decline.

Producer/Editor: Vanessa Barchfield

Shooter/Editor: Nate Huffman

This story was supported by a grant from The Water Desk, an independent journalism initiative based at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism.

See the complete multimedia feature story on Arizona Public Media’s website.

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