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Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:32 AM

Body of Suspected Vaquita Found, Activists Say

Source: NBC Los Angeles

The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday that it found the body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the world.
The group said the remains were too badly decomposed for immediate identification and had been turned over to authorities for further study.
Two Sea Shepherd patrol boats found the animal in a net Tuesday in the Gulf of California, the only place the critically endangered tiny porpoises live. The group patrols the gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, removing illegal fishing nets. The vaquitas get caught in nets set illegally for totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China.
In a report issued earlier this week, an international commission of experts estimated only six to 22 vaquitas remain alive.

Read more: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/vaquita-dead-porpoise-endangered-mexico-507160571.html



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rwsanders Mar 15 OP
ffr Mar 15 #1
rwsanders Mar 15 #2
Judi Lynn Mar 15 #3
rwsanders Mar 15 #5
Judi Lynn Mar 15 #8
rwsanders Mar 15 #6
shenmue Mar 15 #4
Duppers Mar 15 #7
Raine Mar 15 #9
Guy Whitey Corngood Mar 15 #10
NurseJackie Mar 15 #11
rwsanders Mar 15 #12

Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:49 AM

1. Google images



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Response to ffr (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:53 AM

2. Thanks. I haven't figured out how to embed those. But I'll try later, have to be up early.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 12:55 AM

3. Here is a vaquita some scientists captured, then released:



https://porpoise.org/2017/10/scientists-successfully-capture-vaquita/


If only the next news we hear on these beautiful, innocent little ones can bring hope. What a shame greed and cruelty can win over life in this world.

We need to hope.

Thank you, rwsanders.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:02 AM

5. I read an account of this capture.

It was in this book by Brooke Bessesen. It was truly heartbreaking. Only a few harbor porpoises have been kept in captivity, and none have bred successfully.
They captured this female and a juvenile. She immediately went into distress. They released her, she sped away, turned and sped back toward the boat. They took her again and she died in their arms. The juvenile was released as soon as the female went into distress.

I'm so frustrated with this. I don't know how any nation can be so cavalier about extinction. The vaquita is Mexico's national marine mammal.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1610919319/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Response to rwsanders (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 03:20 AM

8. So very sorry to hear that. She was absolutely precious. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:05 AM

6. Such a beautiful animal. She looks so serene, but it tears me up knowing her heart was pounding

out of her body at this point.

They've only been recently known to the world. To lose such beauty so senselessly.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 01:01 AM

4. 10.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 02:17 AM

7. K & R

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 05:17 AM

9. This is such a sad thing to hear

from 11 to 10 now..

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 08:45 AM

10. K&R!

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 09:50 AM

11. Sad and tragic. What a beautiful animal! It's weird that they say "body"...

Sad and tragic. What a beautiful animal!

It's weird that they say "body" instead of "carcass" or "remains". Are they trying to humanize the animal or anthropomorphize it? Or is that the correct term to use according to the Elements of Style guides and/or scientific experts in the field?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 15, 2019, 10:17 AM

12. Actually recently more respect has been shown for animals.

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In the past scientists unscientifically decided arbitrarily that animals have no emotions and were simply "living machines". Now many are accepting the idea that the emotions exist, but their origins and importance are unknown. And like intelligence, emotions are difficult to quantify and study.
What is known is that many animals pass along behavior through learning and have a "culture" that can differ regionally within a species.
The books "The Emotional Lives of Animals" and "Zoo Story" do a much better job than I at explaining this and are just fun to read.

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