The first Saturday after the 4th of July has been designated as International Save the Vaquita Day. This is intended to be an annual event with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction. There are booths, games, music, free prizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and several life-size models of vaquitas on hand to draw attention to and appreciation of the vaquita, Mexico’s “Panda of the Sea”.
The Porpoise Conservation Society is part of the Viva Vaquita Coalition, and one of many organizations around the world that will be organizing events to coincide with International Save the Vaquita Day.