You heard me right, July 11th has been declared Save the Vaquita Day around the world! The international part is very important because if people around the globe didn’t participate, there would probably be, like, 12 people who even know what a vaquita is.
— NRDC (@NRDC) July 9, 2015
What’s a vaquita, you ask?
vah kee’ tah: (n) a small, highly endangered porpoise that lives only in the Gulf of California. Scientific name: Phocoena sinus
Vaquita are small, shy, and absolutely adorable, but they’re in serious trouble. It is believed that there may only be 50 of them left, and they’re at an extremely high risk of going extinct. Their very small historic range coupled with entanglements in illegal fishing operations has lead to devastating drops in population over recent years.
So advocates have arranged an annual day to recognize the plight of this beautiful marine mammal, and bring attention to what can be done to save it. You can help, just by spreading the word! This Saturday, share this with your friends and ask them to pass on the vaquita’s story! Also, make sure you check the schedule to see if there’s an event happening in your area!