Those who know me well, know that my son is very involved in wildlife conservation, with the Vaquita being his main species of concern. The Vaquita is a porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California and is the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The most recent count taken by Vaquita researchers estimate their numbers to now be as low as 80 individuals, a critically low number for this species. My visit to the Franklin Institute this past Saturday involved helping out at my son’s Vaquita table, so that he could spread the word to the public about the possibility of the extinction of this animal, and ways that people can help prevent this from happening. It is a sad situation, but there is still a lot of hope because there is a great chance that if their recovery plan is implemented properly and immediately, the Vaquita story could be a positive one that we will be happy to tell. To learn more about the Vaquita and ways that you can help, please visit his website at V-log.
While I was there I snapped a few shots at the table as he was setting up, as well as a few in the entrance-way of the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute is a large science hall that contains three floors of interactive exhibits. It is definitely worth a visit if you are around Philadelphia.
The beautiful entrance hallway at the Franklin Institute:Earlier this summer we were up in Boston at the New England Aquarium for World Ocean’s Day. It was a wonderful trip and also a great day for spreading the news about the endangered Vaquita. This was a huge event where thousands of visitors who are interested in sea life were educated on many aspects of marine science including the Vaquita and its conservation. This was our third annual visit educating the public for World Ocean’s Day and we hope to be back again next June.