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Mexico | Poachers fire on conservation activist group's ship inside vaquita preserve

The crew of a conservationist ship that patrols Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to protect an endangered porpoise came under fire by suspected poachers over the weekend in a “critical zone” where there have been several sightings of the nearly extinct vaquita marina porpoise.

On Saturday morning, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Sharpie was chased and surrounded by men in four small fishing boats while patrolling the federally protected vaquita refuge area in the uppermost part of the Sea of Cortez. In addition to Sea Shepherd’s crew, federal police and officers from the Mexican navy and environmental protection agency were also on board the ship at the time of the attack.

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