The Endling: Watching a Species Vanish in Real Time
June 11, 2018 7:38 PM Subscribe
On the frontlines of extinction in the Gulf of California, where the vaquita faces its final days. "A 2016 report warned that the vaquita was "racing toward extinction"; a 2017 follow-up lamented that the collapse had "continued unabated." Today, fewer than 30 vaquitas remain. They are the world's most endangered marine mammal. "Every time I see one," Pitman told me, "I wonder: Is this the last one I'm going to see? Is this the last one anyone's going to see?"