After two years of absence in Mexican waters, recent sightings of the “vaquita marina” in the northern Gulf of California brings hope to scientific community around the world.
The sighting was announced officially by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
On Saturday April 18, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society captured rare footage of the elusive and endangered vaquita porpoise (Vaquita Marina) in the waters of Mexico’s Gulf of California, the small cetacean’s only home on Earth.
The sighting marks the first time since 2013 this shy creature has been spotted and filmed in the Sea of Cortez.
The vaquita documented by the crew of Sea Shepherd USA’s Operation Milagro (Operation Miracle) campaign is one of only 97 remaining members of its species, considered by many to be the rarest marine mammal in the world.
This species lives approximately 20 years, and enters reproductive stage at age 6.
Females can only give birth to one specimen during the Spring, probably every two years or so.
That means that a female could only have between 5 and 7 offspring throughout their reproductive life, hence the importance of this historic sighting.