Less than 19 Vaquita Porpoises left in the world; may become extinct in an year

A new survey has unveiled that the number of critically endangered Vaquita Porpoises has declined to less than 19 individuals, and the mammal may go extinct within a year.

Scientists have demanded that immediate action be taken to save the species.

The research has been published in the Royal Society Open Science. The research points the finger at the use of illegal fishing nets off the coast of Mexico for the steady decline in Vaquita numbers.

Vaquitas, the smallest cetacean in the world, are found exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico. The current population estimate presents a 47 percent decline in numbers since 2016, when the population was estimated to be around 30 individuals.