The American Cetacean Society Oregon Chapter will be hosting International Save the Vaquita Day at two locations in Newport on Saturday, July 6th. We will be at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, from 10 AM – 4 PM. This event is included in your aquarium admission.
We will also be at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 S. Marine Science Drive, from 10 AM – 4 PM. The Science Center is admission by donation, with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family.
The primary goal of this event is to make as many people as possible aware of the vaquita and its plight, and spur them to act to help save the species. The vaquita is nearly extinct, and may not last even another year.
There is only seven species of porpoises, members of the mammalian group called cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), which are among the most beloved of all animals on Earth! The vaquita is a small species of porpoise that lives only in the upper Gulf of California, in northern Mexico, just south of the border with the United States. The species’ numbers have dropped, from about 567 in 1997 to <22 in mid-2018, a reduction of more than 95% in just 21 years! They are the most endangered marine mammal species on the planet, and they are heading towards extinction in the next year or two if radical changes are not made right away.