Live Event Schedule ─ July 18, 2020 PDT

Approx. Time Program Title
... Introduction and Opening Remarks
with Tom Jefferson and Marcus Wernicke
... How to Draw A Vaquita
with Julius Csotonyi (artist)
... Conservation of Porpoises
with Anna Hall (presenter)
... Can Art Save Vaquita? Painting the Beach for Conservation
with Memuco (artist and narrator)
... Birdsong Vaquita Sing-along
with Cheryl Procaccini (performer)
... Buying Time: Exploring Solutions to the Vaquita Crisis
with Brooke Bessesen (presenter)
... Vanishing Vaquitas
with Barbara Taylor (presenter)
... Souls of the Vermilion Sea
(feature film presentation)
... Not a Dolphin Podcast
with Lauren Hartling (host), Tom Jefferson (guest)
... Latest Developments on the Political Front
with Kate O'Connell (presenter)
... Vaquita Panel Discussion and Q&A
with Tom Jefferson (Host)

programming suitable for children

About International Save the Vaquita Day

International Save the Vaquita Day is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction. There are booths, games, music, free prizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and several life-size models of vaquitas on hand to draw attention to and appreciation of the vaquita, Mexico’s “Panda of the Sea”.

In 2020, due to the unique challenges arising from the COVID-19 epidemic, the event will take place entirely online, with a day-long live stream on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch.

More about the Vaquita

Message Mexico's Representatives

The fate of the vaquita is in the hands of the Mexican government. Mexico can't waste time and must act now, and decisively, to end gillnet fishing in the Sea of Cortez forever, to enforce its existing laws and to prosecute the criminals that ignore the rule of law.

This is your chance to drive that message home! Contact Mexico's officials through social media and email and let them know exactly how you feel and what you want them to do.

President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador

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Secretary of SEMARNAT Victor Manuel Toledo

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Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Martha Bárcena

Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Juan José Gómez Camacho

Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, Julian Ventura Valero

Tweet your support and #SaveTheVaquita

Sign the Petition

Mexico needs to know that we're not standing by while the lack of enforcement in the Sea of Cortez is driving the vaquita to extinction. More than 200,000 people have signed our official petition since we launched it for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. We are still waiting for action, and we won't go silently!

Add your name to the petition

Watch Sea of Shadows for Free!

As part of our International Save the Vaquita Day programming, you can watch Sea of Shadows, a National Geographic feature film that discusses the vaquita's struggle, online and for free. Please register for a free link to watch the film, courtesy of National Geographic.

Register to watch the film

You can find more information about Sea of Shadows on the official website.

Send us your Artwork

This International Save the Vaquita Day, we want you to share your artwork with us and the world! If you paint or draw, or came up with the perfect vaquita origami, we want to hear all about it and see your results!

Upload your Artwork with Google Forms

You must have a free Google account in order to send files through this form.