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Author Bessesen, Brooke, author.

Title Vaquita : science, politics, and crime in the Sea of Cortez / Brooke Bessesen ; foreword by Carl Safina
Published Washington, DC : Island Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 296 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Foreword -- "Goodbye Baiji" -- Prologue -- The dead girl -- Resource extraction -- Chasing a myth -- Tangled agendas -- Death, drugs, and accountability -- Pirates on patrol -- Searching for Vaquita -- Hearing is believing -- Science in the sea -- Witnessing extinction -- Saving Bigfoot -- Sending out an SOS -- Meet the totoaba -- Last-ditch effort -- Hope is a life raft (with a persistent leak) -- Epilogue
Summary "In 2006, the last of China's Yangtze river dolphins--baiji--succumbed to extinction, and la vaquita marina, a diminutive porpoise endemic to the Upper Gulf of California, quietly and without fanfare inherited the title of world's most endangered marine mammal. Unlike many other critically endangered species, the vaquita is not hunted. Nor is its habitat disappearing or degraded. The species is even protected by law. Why then have its numbers plummeted to near extinction when few humans have seen it live in the wild? The answer lies in a shadowy mix of international cartels, fishermen entrapped by politics and culture, and an unlikely fish called the totoaba. In this haunting story, Brooke Bessesen sets out to Mexico's Upper Gulf region to untangle the intricacies of the biology, acoustical science, and international intrigues behind the vaquita's decline. She interviews townspeople, fishermen, politicians, scientists, and activists, teasing apart a complex story filled with villains and heroes, a story whose outcome is unclear. When diplomatic and political efforts to save the little porpoise fail, Bessesen follows a team of veterinary experts in a binational effort to capture the last remaining vaquitas and breed them in captivity--the best hope for their survival."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-283) and index
Notes Text in English
Print version record
Subject Phocoena sinus.
Rare mammals -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Endangered species -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Wildlife conservation -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Endangered ecosystems -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Poaching -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Totoaba fisheries -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Phocoena sinus -- Conservation -- Social aspects
Phocoena sinus -- Conservation -- Economic aspects
Wildlife conservation -- Social aspects -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
Wildlife conservation -- Economic aspects -- Mexico -- California, Gulf of
NATURE -- Animals -- Marine Life.
NATURE -- Endangered Species.
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
Endangered ecosystems
Endangered species
Phocoena sinus
Rare mammals
Totoaba fisheries
Wildlife conservation
Wildlife conservation -- Economic aspects
Wildlife conservation -- Social aspects
SUBJECT California, Gulf of (Mexico) -- Commerce
California, Gulf of (Mexico) -- Environmental conditions
Subject Pacific Ocean -- Gulf of California
Form Electronic book
Author Safina, Carl, writer of foreword
ISBN 9781610919326