VAQUITA

photography

150 x 84 cm

2019

The vaquita is the rarest marine animal in the world, being on the verge of extinction with only about 10 individuals remaining. 

As many other cetaceans, their downfall is caused by acts of illegal fishing perpetrated in marine protected areas of Mexico's Gulf of California. Being caught in gill nets, they get entangled and drown. In July 2017, a federal agreement banned gillnets, but illegal acts remain to be controlled.

 

The same year, was created Vaquita CPR, a multi-million dollar project, aiming to transfer all remaining individuals in protected sea pens to guarantee their safety, until they can live freely in the wild once again.

© 2020 by Vethan Sautour.