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The Environment

The vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered whale, is nearly extinct due to China’s demand for the swim bladders, also known as ‘maws,’ from a giant Mexican fish called totoaba. With fisherman using large gillnets to illegally fish for totoabas, vaquitas have become the victim of its by-catch.

Less than 15 vaquitas are left in the Sea of Cortez, surrounded by miles of illegal gill nets and threatened by greed, violence and indifference. Read on.