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.
Seabirds that have traditionally flocked and nested in the Gulf of California are choosing to spend more time in Southern California.
The vaquita, a very small porpoise in the Gulf of Mexico, is even more endangered than previously thought, say scientists.