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The vaquita porpoise holds the title of the world’s smallest and most endangered marine mammal. Occupying the most limited range of any cetacean, this animal lives in the Upper Gulf of California, an area that is subject to poverty, limited economic options, and the presence of cartels. The vaquita has found itself entangled in a wicked problem involving the fishing industry, black markets, organized crime, and rapid population decline. Conservation groups with strong morals may be the last hope in saving this small porpoise.
Templeton, Ellie, "A World With no Porpoise: Why the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society May be the Last Hope for the Vaquita" (2021). Environmental Studies Honors Papers. 8.