World Animal Day - October 4th - A day about honouring and giving back to the animals that inhabit this planet with us!
Here at Ocean Helper we wanted to draw attention to the Vaquita.
Vaquita are the smallest species of cetacean growing to just 5ft in length and weighing up to 120lbs. They are also the most endangered marine mammals with it estimated that there are less than 10 left in the wild.
Why are the Vaquita Endangered?
20 years ago there were around 600 vaquita in the wild but their numbers have dramatically decreased. Largely this is due to them easily getting caught in fishing gear and drowning.
Nearly 1 out of every 5 vaquita is killed by gillnets intended for other fish. Gillnets are used to catch totoaba, a critically endangered fish that is in demand in China for the swim bladder. Illegal fishing for the totoaba has been the biggest contributor to the decline of vaquita.
What is being done to protect the Vaquita?
Last month research teams confirmed 6 vaquita sightings, 3 pairs of vaquita were spotted at the beginning of the month.
One of the great organisations working tirelessly to protect vaquita is the Sea Shepherds. They are actively going round and removing the fatal, illegal gillnets from the waters that the vaquita inhabit. To date they have removed 163,600 meters (101 miles) of illegal fishing gear, saving thousands of marine life! These guys are true heroes out on the sea and we seriously suggest checking them out and consider donating too.
The Porpoise Conservation Society are working hard to help raise awareness and research vaquita. This month, we are donating 10% of our profits here at Ocean Helper to the Porpoise Conservation Society to help in their work conserving, protecting and researching vaquita. Help us save the vaquita!
We strongly recommend checking out this trailer from National Geographic, they have tickets on sale to go see it in selected theatre too.