Mexican authorities launch new strategy to save critically endangered vaquita porpoise

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(WFLA/NBC) – It may be too little, too late to save the world’s smallest species of porpoise called the vaquita.

It’s a critically endangered mammal that only exists in the Gulf of California in Mexico.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the vaquita population has declined by 90 percent in just 20 years.

Reportedly, there are only 10 left, all because of illegally used fishing nets.

Another threat is a demand from China.

The porpoise’s air bladder is a delicacy in China.

Mexico said it has begun a new project to save the vaquita by using buoys to outline a reserve for the animal.

But environmentalists said it lacks enforcement.

The vaquita was only discovered in 1958.

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