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Read online news articles about Operation Milagro and the issues surrounding the vaquita porpoise and environs.



Dec 26, 2017 - Poachers shoot down anti-poaching drone in the Gulf of California (LA Times)

Dec 2017 - Vaquita - The Business of Extinction (CNN Money)

Dec 3, 2017 - Is it too late to save Mexico's vaquita porpoise? (Al Jazeera)

Nov 17, 2017 - Interview with Captain Paul Watson on the vaquita crisis (Hawaiian Public Radio)

Nov 14, 2017 - Canadian environmental group in campaign to save vaquita porpoise (Radio Canada International)

Nov 14, 2017 - Mexico military crime-busters join ocean campaign to stop gangs wiping out vaquitas (Daily Express)

Nov 11, 2017 - 30 Vaquita Porpoises Are Left. One Died in a Rescue Mission (NY Times)

Nov 9, 2017 - A final bid to save the world's rarest porpoise ends in heartbreak. Is extinction next? (Washington Post)

Nov 8, 2017 - Vaquita porpoise capture operations end on Sea of Cortez (CBS8 San Diego)

Nov 6, 2017 - Endangered Porpoise Dies From Stress After People Capture Her (The Dodo)

Oct 27, 2017 - News 8's Shawn Styles teams up with Sea Shepherd on the Sea of Cortez (CBS8 San Diego video)

Oct 27, 2017 - Local scientists resume vaquita ‘rescue’ operation off San Felipe (CBS8 San Diego video)

Sep 20, 2017 - Avoiding Extinction (Hakai Magazine)

Aug 4, 2017 - US government spending $600K to rescue Mexican porpoises (CBS8 San Diego)

August 2017 - Goodbye, Vaquita: How Corruption and Poverty Doom Endangered Species (Scientific American)

July 21, 2017 - The Last Vaquitas: “I’ve Seen More Dead Than Alive” by John R. Platt (The Revelator)

June 12, 2017 - National Geographic Explorer "Cocaine of the Sea" (National Geographic video)

June 5, 2017 - The world's smallest porpoise has caused a big battle in Baja Californiaa (LA Times)

May 26, 2017 - In Mexico, A Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Vaquita, On The Verge Of Extinction (NPR)

May 22, 2017 - The Desperate Gambit That Could Save A Tiny Porpoise From Extinction ... Or Kill It (HuffPost)

May 12, 2017 - Mexican vaquita porpoise pushed toward extinction by illicit fish bladder trade (San Diego Union-Tribune)

April 27, 2017 - Only Captivity Will Save the Vaquita, Experts Say (NY Times)

April 12, 2017 - The race to save Mexico's vaquita from extinction (Aljazeera)

Feb 17, 2017 - Before Vaquitas Vanish, a Desperate Bid to Save ThemDesperate Bid to Save Them (NY Times)



May 23, 2016 - 'Aquatic cocaine': Fish bladders are latest Mexican smuggling commodity (CNN)

May 22, 2016 - The Last Vaquitas (CBS News - 60 Minutes)

May 14, 2016 - The Vaquita, the World’s Smallest Porpoise, Slips Closer to Extinction (NY Times)

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Milagro III

Op Milagro V - Sea Shepherd Finds First Totoaba Nets of the Season
Operation Milagro V started a few months ago and Sea Shepherd has been removing Ghost Nets and other kinds of illegal fishing gear from vaquita refuge. On the night of 10th of December while patrolling the vaquita refuge, the crew of Sea Shepherd's...
Op Milagro V - Update Video 2
Take a look at the life of the crew onboard The M/V Farley Mowat and Sea Shepherd's work to protect the vaquita porpoise. Support our mission at:
#OpMilagro V Video Update
#OpMilagro V Video Update. Check out the life aboard The M/V Farley Mowat. This is a compilation from the early days of campaign. Enjoy. Support our mission to save the most endangered marine mammal in the world at:
During the late afternoon of Saturday, October 20th, 2018, a Mexican Navy helicopter crashed into the ocean while engaged in anti-poaching patrols over the Vaquita Refuge in the Upper Gulf of California (a.k.a. Sea of Cortez). The reason for the cras...
Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro V Launch
#BREAKING #OpMilagro V started! Sea Shepherd Initiates Early Patrols to Safeguard Survival of Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Sea Shepherd vessel The M/V Farley Mowat has arrived in the Upper Gulf of California to start Operation Milagro earl...
Sea Shepherd Recycled Dive Weights
Sea Shepherd recycled Branded Dive Weights are AVAILABLE NOW at: They were made from illegal fishing nets captured in the Sea of Cortez. Limited amount available so get them while you can in 2lb, 3lb and 4lb. This ensure...
Sea Shepherd Works with Legal Fishermen to Protect the Vaquita
Sea Shepherd recycled Branded Dive Weights are AVAILABLE NOW at: Operation Heavy Metal is a Sea Shepherd effort to address the materials from illegal fishing gear we retrieved during #OpMilagro. We have been working with...
Operation Milagro IV: Sea Shepherd’s Most Successful Vaquita Defense Campaign
Operation Milagro IV has come to an end, but Sea Shepherd will be back in the vaquita refuge soon. This has been one of the most effective Sea Shepherd campaigns to date. We removed more fishing gear than all previous #OpMilagro campaigns combined. T...
Miracles happen: Sea Shepherd Crew saves a Smalltail Shark
Milagro means Miracle in Spanish. Sea Shepherd named Operation Milagro this way because a Miracle was needed to save the vaquita porpoise. It has been 4 years and there is still hope. Sea Shepherd will not give up. Over the past 4 years we have se...
Thank you Mexican Navy
Today is Mexican Navy Day! We thank these brave man and women for their service and for protecting the vaquita porpoise. Learn more about our partnership at Hoy es el Día de la Marina Nacional en México. Sea Shepherd ag...
Mexican Government Enforcement Officers start joint operations on board Sea Shepherd vessels, bolstering chances for survival of endangered vaquita porpoise and addressing security concerns in the region. Read more at:
The crew of Sea Shepherd's Sharpie finds a shark delivering babies on a net. This is the gruesome result of by-catch. Join the fight to protect the oceans at:
OPERATION MILAGRO IV - Retrieving illegal nets and saving lives.
Milestone for The M/V Farley Mowat May 10th 2018 150 Pieces of Illegal Fishing Gear 596 Entangled Animals TOTAL COUNT FOR #OpMIlagro IV is currently: 364 Pieces of Illegal Fishing Gear 1701 Entangled Animals 747 LIVES SAVED On the evening of May 10...
Sea Shepherd Saves Leatherback Turtle on Earth Day 2018
Sea Shepherd crew saves the life of an adult leatherback turtle entangled in illegal gillnet in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico - a Federally Protected and UNESCO listed Area Read more at: Support us at:
On the night of April 10th, 2018, SHOTS WERE FIRED AT SEA SHEPHERD'S The M/V Sharpie Operation Milagro IV 31 27.31 N 114 45.63 W At 7:46 pm on the night of April 10th, while retrieving an illegal gillnet approximately 8 nautical miles off the Baja...
Conservationists intercept and remove illegal gillnet minutes before recovery by poachers, saving entire school of totoaba bass from black market trade. Read the full article at: Help us protect the oceans:
Sea Shepherd Improves Techniques to Save the Vaquita Porpoise.
Sea Shepherd is always improving techniques to better protect our oceans! Learn more about Operation Milagro at: Donate at:
Three Ships, One Mission: To Save a Species.
Sea Shepherd has 3 vessels in the Sea of Cortez to protect the #VaquitaMarina porpoise. This is the first time in the history of #OpMilagro that we have 3 vessels in the area dedicated to removing nets. Removing the illegal gillnets is the reason wh...
How many destructive nets will it take to understand that If the Oceans Die, We Die. Support #OpMilagro at: Learn more about Operation Milagro at:
Every Single Life Matters.
We fight for life, for biodiversity, #ForTheOceans Every single life matters. Because in the end "If the Oceans Die, We die" Captain Paul Watson. To learn more about Operation Milagro please visit: To support us: https://...
To Save A Species
Poachers threaten our crew and shot at our drone one more time. WE WILL NOT GIVE UP ON THE VAQUITA. Join us by supporting our mission at
We Are Together
TO ALL PARENTS, CHILDREN AND LOVED ONES: Sea Shepherd has 32 extraordinary people in the waters of the Gulf of California, Mexico. The crew members on board The M/V Farley Mowat and The M/V John Paul DeJoria have one mission: To save the smallest, r...
The totoaba bass is a critically endangered species. Totoabas share their waters with the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Both face this dire situation because of the illegal trade of totoaba swim bladders. Due to ...
#BREAKING SEA SHEPHERD FREES ENDANGERED TOTOABA FOLLOWING SECOND DRONE SHOOTING Despite gunshots being fired at its drone again,Sea Shepherd, together with the Mexican Navy, drove poachers off the protected vaquita refuge and saved the life of an end...