Brooke Bessesen - Vaquita

Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, a Nature Book Talk & Signing

Brooke Bessesen has worked with wildlife for over thirty years in animal rescue, veterinary medicine, and field biology. She has also written five children’s books and a popular Arizona wildlife guide. Bessesen will discuss and sign Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez ($30.00 Island Press). 

In 2006, vaquita, a diminutive porpoise making its home in the Upper Gulf of California, inherited the dubious title of world’s most endangered marine mammal. When international crime cartels discovered a lucrative trade in the swim bladders of totoaba, illegal gillnetting went rampant, and now the lives of the few remaining vaquitas hang in the balance. Bessesen takes us on a journey to Mexico’s Upper Gulf region to uncover the story. She interviewed townspeople, fishermen, scientists, and activists. She followed a team of veterinary experts in a binational effort to capture the last remaining vaquitas and breed them in captivity--the best hope for their survival. In this fast-paced, soul-searing tale, she learned that there are no easy answers when extinction is profitable.


This event is free and open to the public. End time may vary. To request an autographed copy, please click on the "Add to Cart" button for the book and be sure to mention you'd like an autographed copy in comments portion of your order. 

Event date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Tattered Cover Historic LoDo
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610919319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Island Press - September 11th, 2018