|Artwork by Barbara Taylor
VIDEOS, PHOTOS and BLOG BY WHALE TRACKERS
SWFSC scientists are featured in a new video about the vaquita porpoise, the world's most endangered marine mammal. The film, Vaquita - Saving the Desert Porpoise highlights scientists with the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division that conduct research on vaquita, while pondering the question, "Has time run out?"
Visiting Scientist Chris Johnson joins Vaquita Expedition 2008 to provide an independent perspective of the research being conducted on the Jordan, Koipai, and Vaquita Express. Visit whaletrackers.com for videos, photos, and blogs of Chris' experiences.
Vaquita Expedition 2008 photos are presented in three slide shows and a photo gallery, including the best images of vaquitas ever obtained, images of the Upper Gulf of California, and people and research operations.
Listen to vaquita sounds recorded on a CPOD on June 26, 2008, courtesy of Nick Tregenza. The clicks occur in clusters at a rate of 20 or more per second. The individual clicks are slowed down to be audible to the human ear, but the timing between clicks is approximately correct.
The objective of Vaquita Expedition 2008 is to develop acoustic monitoring methods for this critically endangered porpoise. In this video, watch Vaquita Expedition scientists deploy buoy #1 on with all three types of acoustic porpoise detectors (the A-tag, C-POD and T-POD) attached during a sunset launch.