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Read online news articles below about Operation Milagro and the issues surrounding the vaquita porpoise.


Porpoises On The Brink Of Extinction Face Daunting Odds For Survival:


On United Airlines Magazine: Sea Shepherd’s soon to be launched Operation Treasured Islands in the Eastern Tropical Pacific is featured in the September issue of United Magazine’s Hemisphere. Read the article on here.

September 2, 2019 – On Howler Magazine: Sea Shepherd is the cover story in the September-October issue. In an in-depth interview with Captain Paul Watson, the magazine delves into Sea Shepherd’s efforts in protecting and preserving Costa Rica’s marine life. Full article on here.

September 9, 2019 – On Miami’s ABC News: Operation Good Pirates is featured as M/V JOHN PAUL DEJORIA brings humanitarian aid to the Bahamas post Hurricane Dorian. Watch the broadcast segment on here, which includes an interview with Captain Locky Maclean.

September 9, 2019 – On Maritime Executive: A group of scientists and conservationists have recorded the first vaquita sightings of 2019. Sea Shepherd crew on board M/V Sharpie sighted two pairs of vaquita on August 19 and 20, then two vaquita were photographed when sighted on September 3.

September 3, 2019 – On Cayman Compass: The M/V John Paul DeJoria is in George Town harbour aiming to soon begin assisting those in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

August 17, 2019 – From Caribbean Charters to Shepherding Poachers: A Sailor Gives Back An op-ed piece by Lynn Ringseis, a former volunteer on the the M/V John Paul Dejoria shares her experience as part of Operation Milagro.

August 1, 2019 – There are only between six and 19 vaquitas left, a new study has concluded, and, unless swift action is taken, the endangered species could go extinct within a year. Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation group that actively works to help vaquitas by dredging up nets, also expressed hope.

July 31, 2019 – The vaquita porpoise has been critically endangered since the 90s, and there’s only one place in the world where you’ll find them: the Gulf of California in Mexico. Without more effective action, they may disappear from there, too, primarily due to the use of illegal fishing nets. Besides the Mexican Navy, Sea Shepherd—a marine conservation nonprofit notorious for its direct action—is helping in the fight by dredging up gillnets left in the ocean. 

July 21, 2019 – How cracking down on organized crime could save a tiny porpoise from extinction

July 15, 2019 – The Earth is dying — ‘Sea of Shadows’ is a thrilling film about doing something about it 

July 11, 2019 – ‘Sea of Shadows’ Review: A Suspenseful Story of Saving Porpoises

July 10, 2019 – Eco-Crisis Documentary ‘Sea of Shadows’ Lives Up to Its Sinister Title

July 9, 2019 – Sea of Shadows

July 9, 2019 – The Race to Save the Vaquita Porpoise Amid a Battle with Cartels, Poachers and Chinese Mafia

January 27, 2019 – Experiencing Life as a Sea Shepherd

January 11, 2019 – Poachers Ambush Sea Shepherd Vessel Protecting Nearly Extinct Vaquita

January 10, 2019 – Mexican fishermen attack Sea Shepherd vessel protecting vaquita porpoise

January 10, 2019 – Fishermen Attack Sea Shepherd Vessel in Gulf of California

January 10, 2019 – Sea Shepherd vessel falls under assault by poachers in Mexico


December 9, 2018 – Vaquita’s last stand: The struggle to save the world’s rarest marine animal (Arizona Daily Star)

April 11, 2018 – Battle in the Gulf of California for the Traffic of ‘Sea Cocaine’ (Maritime Herald)

April 6, 2018 – First vaquita found dead in 2018 (IUCN-CSG)

April 1, 2018 – ‘Unprecedented Rescue Operation’ (Eco Watch)

March 8, 2018 – Only 12 vaquita porpoises remain, watchdog group reports (Mongabay)

March 8, 2018 – Vaquita peril persists with on-going illegal totoaba fishing – February 2018 Update (IUCN-CSG)

March 5, 2018 – At Paris Fashion Week, Stella McCartney is ‘Woke,’ Giambattista Valli Responds to the Right (The Hollywood Reporter)

February 28, 2018 – Mexico Places Armed Guards on Sea Shepherd Vessels (Maritime Executive)

February 22, 2018 – The Military Wants Genetically-Modified Sea Creatures to Snitch on Enemy Ships (Vice)

February 7, 2018 – Cooperative Net Removal Efforts Increase to Save Vaquitas (IUCN-CSG)


Dec 26, 2017 – Poachers shoot down anti-poaching drone in the Gulf of California (LA Times)

Dec 2017 – Vaquita – The Business of Extinction (CNN Money)

Dec 3, 2017 – Is it too late to save Mexico’s vaquita porpoise? (Al Jazeera)

Nov 17, 2017 – Interview with Captain Paul Watson on the vaquita crisis (Hawaiian Public Radio)

Nov 14, 2017 – Canadian environmental group in campaign to save vaquita porpoise (Radio Canada International)

Nov 14, 2017 – Mexico military crime-busters join ocean campaign to stop gangs wiping out vaquitas (Daily Express)

Nov 11, 2017 – 30 Vaquita Porpoises Are Left. One Died in a Rescue Mission (NY Times)

Nov 9, 2017 – A final bid to save the world’s rarest porpoise ends in heartbreak. Is extinction next? (Washington Post)

Nov 8, 2017 – Vaquita porpoise capture operations end on Sea of Cortez (CBS8 San Diego)

Nov 6, 2017 – Endangered Porpoise Dies From Stress After People Capture Her (The Dodo)

Oct 27, 2017 – News 8’s Shawn Styles teams up with Sea Shepherd on the Sea of Cortez(CBS8 San Diego video)

Oct 27, 2017 – Local scientists resume vaquita ‘rescue’ operation off San Felipe (CBS8 San Diego video)

Sep 20, 2017 – Avoiding Extinction (Hakai Magazine)

Aug 4, 2017 – US government spending $600K to rescue Mexican porpoises (CBS8 San Diego)

August 2017 – Goodbye, Vaquita: How Corruption and Poverty Doom Endangered Species(Scientific American)

July 21, 2017 – The Last Vaquitas: “I’ve Seen More Dead Than Alive” by John R. Platt (The Revelator)

June 12, 2017 – National Geographic Explorer “Cocaine of the Sea” (National Geographic video)

June 5, 2017 – The world’s smallest porpoise has caused a big battle in Baja Californiaa (LA Times)

May 26, 2017 – In Mexico, A Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Vaquita, On The Verge Of Extinction(NPR)

May 22, 2017 – The Desperate Gambit That Could Save A Tiny Porpoise From Extinction … Or Kill It (HuffPost)

May 12, 2017 – Mexican vaquita porpoise pushed toward extinction by illicit fish bladder trade(San Diego Union-Tribune)

April 27, 2017 – Only Captivity Will Save the Vaquita, Experts Say (NY Times)

April 12, 2017 – The race to save Mexico’s vaquita from extinction (Aljazeera)

Feb 17, 2017 – Before Vaquitas Vanish, a Desperate Bid to Save ThemDesperate Bid to Save Them (NY Times)


May 23, 2016 – ‘Aquatic cocaine’: Fish bladders are latest Mexican smuggling commodity(CNN)

May 22, 2016 – The Last Vaquitas (CBS News – 60 Minutes)

May 14, 2016 – The Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Porpoise, Slips Closer to Extinction (NY Times)