The Milagro Collection
“Milagro” means “miracle” in Spanish – and thus, Operation Milagro is a very appropriate name for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s campaign designed to save the most endangered marine mammal in the world – the vaquita marina porpoise (Phocoena sinus).
The vaquita porpoise is not only the smallest marine mammal in the world, it is also the most endangered, with less than 30 individuals left. Found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, it is a very shy and elusive creature. In fact, a live one is so rare, some locals are convinced it’s a mythical creature.
Sea Shepherd has been on the forefront of protecting this critically endangered porpoise along with the entire Upper Gulf of California. For the past 4 years, Sea Shepherd has conducted their Operation Milagro Campaign, in which they remove illegal gillnets, patrol for poachers, free entangled wildlife, and assist authorities to make arrests.
Since 2015, Sea Shepherd has removed 619 nets, 56 longlines and has saved over 3,000 animals, including sharks, turtles, and even a humpback whale. Stretched out, side-by-side, the retrieved nets would reach up to space- that’s over 62 miles of nets!
Sea Shepherd will continue to protect the vaquita, totoaba, and all the other wildlife by returning to the Upper Gulf and drawing attention to the dire need to save a species on the brink of extinction.