The United States Navy has confirmed that they will lend their highly-trained war dolphins to help conservation groups and the Mexican government to locate and capture the critically endangered vaquitas.
Bycatch threatens several species of dolphins and porpoises with extinction. To mitigate the effects of accidental catches, Mexican authorities have instated an emergency two-year ban on gillnetting.
Mexico has begun a survey of the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise of Mexico's Gulf of California. The scientific team will include Mexico, the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom.
A newly launched search in Mexico's Sea of Cortez has reportedly found several vaquita marina porpoises, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This reassures conservationists that the vaquita isn't extinct yet. However, that doesn't mean the tiny animals are in good shape.