Imagine the size of the city of Anchorage, Alaska. Now you have pictured how large the range of the Vaquita, Phocoena sinus, is. In a 1,400 square mile area in the Gulf of California, and only here, this timid little porpoise lives. It is dark gray on top fading to a white belly, with dark patches over its mouth and eyes. At less than 5 feet long, it is the smallest cetacean, and, with only around 200 individuals left in the world, the rarest marine mammal. This porpoise is literally on the brink of extinction. Never has a single one survived in captivity, so it is imperative that we preserve its natural habitat. The reason it is so endangered is because of its entanglement in gillnets that are set out for fish and shrimp. Since fishing is one of the biggest industries in northern Mexico, we cannot simply ask fishermen to remove all of their nets. We need donations so we can give each of the fisherman about $5,000 a year in exchange for him or her not fishing there or to give them Vaquita-safe gear. There are many scientists, biologists, activists, politicians, and even kids like me who are trying to help raise money for this, research, and education. I ask you to support Mexico’s conservation efforts of this animal. Please visit www.vivavaquita.org to get all the information you will need. I hope you will be captured and moved to action by the beauty and plight of this animal. I have only told you the beginning of the Vaquita’s story. There are many efforts to help save this species, but V-log is one of the few if any in the eastern part of the United States. It is very important that you subcribe to and check this blog weekly, tell all your friends, and post it on Facebook or Twitter. Please leave any replies or questions in the comment section below. Thank you.