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Leonardo DiCaprio: Defender of the Vaquitas of Mexico

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Defender of the Vaquitas of Mexico

Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio made public through Instagram his concern about the threat of extinction faced by the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise, cetaceans living in the waters of the Gulf of California.

Apart from being an exceedingly talented and handsome actor, DiCaprio is also an environmental crusader.  

DiCaprio has demanded that Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto, take appropriate action to prevent the disappearance of the species, writing on Instagram:

“The smallest member of the porpoise family is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Unsustainable and illegal fishing practices have caused a dramatic decline in the vaquita's population. Fewer than 30 vaquita may be left in the wild and without immediate action, they face imminent extinction. Join me and @World_Wildlife and let President Peña Nieto of Mexico know that we demand action to protect the vaquita today.

The International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) announced that in the year 2015, the population of cetaceans was  ONLY 60, whereas, a year earlier they numbered 97.  So in just one year, the species was reduced by 40% of the species.

Peña Nieto responded to the actor's demand for action in a statement which affirmed that, "Mexico has focused all efforts to prevent the extinction of this species”, as well as several Tweets on the President's official Twitter account.  Despite his assurances, it is estimated that there are only 30 vaquitas left.


Un brindis y aplauso para Leonardo DiCaprio for his initiative!