Rare Gulf of California Species Threate…

China’s insatiable appetite for animal parts that have no apparent scientific value as either medicines or tonics is playing havoc with a rare fish and the world's smallest porpoise, both of which inhabit Mexico’s Gulf of California. The fish, the totoaba, can grow to as long as two meters and weigh as much as 100 kg. The vaquita – Spanish for "little cow” – is very much smaller. The totoaba’s swim bladder, which allows the fish to regulate buoyancy to dive or rise as it fills with air or empties, is in huge demand in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta as fish maw, known as

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