Read It: Writing for a Porpoise

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: February 2019
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Vaquita: Science, Politics and Crime in the Sea of Cortez ($30, Island Press)

“Conservation is messy business,” writes Brooke Bessesen in Vaquita: Science, Politics and Crime in the Sea of Cortez ($30, Island Press). The Scottsdale author, veterinary technician and Osa Conservation research fellow did a deep dive into that mess to write about la vaquita marina, a petite porpoise native to the Gulf of California. Through interviews with conservationists, politicians, fishermen and townspeople, she examines the cultural and environmental factors that led to the vaquita being named the world’s most endangered marine mammal in 2006. It’s a complicated story that still has no ending, but Bessesen’s involving book will have you rooting for a happy one.