The Vaquita's journey has been fraught with unforeseen complexities. US embargos on the Mexican fishing industry have inadvertently been encouraging the spurt of illegal Totoaba fishing (for Chinese markets) further endangering the Vaquita. Mexico's incapability to fund and implement alternatives for fishing communities has now brought the population of the Vaquita down to a dismal ten. This tug of war is only likely to choke the Vaquita further. Has the countdown to the extinction of the world's smallest porpoise begun? Comic from my column with The Hindu.