In Mexico’s Gulf of California, disaster strikes Payeto, the world’s smallest porpoise. Suddenly, he is alone, perhaps the last vaquita porpoise on Planet Earth.
In the nearby town of San Pedro, two teenagers, shy Miguelito and precocious Magda, struggle to find a hopeful future in a community whose fishing industry has collapsed.
Payeto’s perilous journey brings him face to face with the monster Red Devil, Maku, the King of the Sea Wolves, and finally the most dangerous predator of all, Man.
Zorro, the mischievous monkey, Sanchez, the good hearted ghost, poachers, drones, a secret beach, Ancient Irma, the wise whale, and Sonya, the powerful shaman, all add to the intrigue, humor, and adventures of Payeto, Miguelito and Magda.
Discover the surprising climax when the world’s of Payeto and the two teenagers finally collide.
Click here to check out “Perils of Payeto, Saving the Last Vaquita Porpoise.” Available in English, Spanish, and bilingual formats.
The vaquita porpoise is the smallest in the porpoise family and lives only in the northern part of the Gulf of California. As of June, 2015, there are only an estimated 80 vaquita remaining. The primary threat to this endangered species is fishing by-catch, being accidentally caught in fishing nets. Although the government of Mexico has taken several steps to save the vaquita, including the creation of refuge areas, and numerous international organizations are actively working to save the vaquita, the situation is precarious. Your active support is needed”
Here are some links you can visit for more information-
- “The Vaquita, the Biology of an Endangered Porpoise,” by Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky
- Save the Whales
- World Wildlife Fund
- !Viva Vaquita
- Save Our Species
- “Vinny the Vaquita,” a children’s picture book by Jen Gabler
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