By Brooke Bessesen, with foreword by Carl Safina
Summary on inside cover: "In this haunting story, Brooke Bessesen sets out to Mexico's Upper Gulf region to untangle the intricacies of the biology, acoustical science, and international intrigues behind the vaquita's decline. She interviews townspeople, fishermen, politicians, scientists, and activists, teasing apart a complex story whose outcome is unclear. When diplomatic and political efforts to save the little porpoise fail, Bessesen follows a team of veterinary experts in a binational effort to capture the last remaining vaquitas and breed them in captivity—the best hope for their survival. This beautifully written account of the forces driving extinctions around the world asks us to face a hard question: When vaquitas and totoaba are gone, the black market will turn to the next vulnerable species. What will we do then?"
Scientists estimate that there may be ten or fewer vaquita porpoises remaining. Though not a warm, fuzzy, feel-good tale, the story of the vaquita offers insight into the complicated factors involved in attempting to save a critically endangered species and provides lessons for saving the many others around the world.
Hardcover, 320 pages.