Greenpeace organisers and around 150 volunteers built this morning a giant sand sculpture on Tai Pak beach. The sculpture, measuring 8 metres’ long and 1 metre high, represents a vaquita porpoise.
The sculpture was built to honour “International Save the Vaquita Day”. Greenpeace organisers and volunteers are urging the HK Government to take action to help protect the vaquitas by cracking down on the smuggling of the totoaba fish. In fact, the vaquitas are being driven to extinction because there is bycatch in gillnets meant for catching totaba.
According to the International Whaling Commission’s latest report, the number of vaquitas left in the world has fallen again this year and it is expected to become extinct within the next three years. Between 2011 and 2013, the vaquita population declined by 31% and by as much as 42% from 2013 to 2014. There are now less than 97 vaquitas left. For more information, you can contact Gloria Chang, greenpeace program manager at [email protected]