Survival of vaquitas is still possible


There are less than ten vaquitas left on the planet, but the extinction of this small marine mammal that only lives in the Gulf of California is not inevitable. It is this message of hope, doubled…

There are less than ten vaquitas left on the planet, but the extinction of this small marine mammal that only lives in the Gulf of California is not inevitable. It is this message of hope, coupled with a warning, that carries a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Despite its tiny size, the population of Pacific porpoises (the cetacean’s name in French) can still rebound – provided the last specimens are protected from accidental capture in a fishing net.

“In the event of a severe wildlife population decline, a key question is whether recovery efforts will be hampered by genetic factors, such as inbreeding”, reports the team of researchers, involving scientists from the University of California in San Francisco, the US Fisheries Administration and the Mexican Commission for Protected Areas. After analyzing the genome of twenty individuals, they estimate that the genetic heritage of the species

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