Vaquita Porpoise: Operation Milagro

Saving the Vaquita Porpoise

Sea Shepherd’s campaign in defense of the highly endangered vaquita porpoise.

The word Milagro means ‘Miracle’ in Spanish. Sea Shepherd is committed to fulfilling this miracle by saving the vaquita porpoise.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Milagro (Operation Miracle) will continue our conservation efforts for the endangered vaquita porpoise, a species on the brink of extinction.

Since 2015, Sea Shepherd’s fleet: the M/V Farley Mowat, M/Y Sam Simon, M/V White Holly and M/V Sharpie have all been involved in the Milagro campaign. Our fleet will continue to patrol and protect the vaquita refuge to save this critically endangered marine mammal and other species that inhabit the Upper Gulf of California.

Most recently, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society conducted an expedition to sight the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The visual expedition is a joint effort by Mexico’s National Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del Mar. It is currently taking place in the Upper Gulf of California with special participation from leading marine mammal researchers from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS), the United States, and the Mexican Navy. For more on this, please read our release. You can also watch our Behind-The-Scenes series on Operation Milagro VI here: