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DiCaprio's Porpoise Protection Request Affirmed by Mexican President

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 12 May 2017 05:51 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio used his social media pages to ask Mexico to protect an extremely endangered porpoise, and Mexico’s president responded positively to the request.

The vaquita porpoises are extremely endangered, with only about 30 estimated to be left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The species has lost 97 percent of its number in just the last two to five years.

Vaquitas are the smallest porpoises in the world, about 5 feet long and 120 pounds. They only live in the northern part of Mexico’s Gulf of California.

The WWF has launched a campaign to save the vaquitas, which are often caught in nets used for illegal fishing of other types of fish, and drowned.

As part of that effort, DiCaprio tweeted a message to his millions of followers challenging the president of Mexico to protect the dwindling vaquita population.

President Enrique Pena Nieto responded to the tweet, saying in English that he welcomed WWF and DiCaprio’s concern about the vaquita and said Mexico “has focused all its efforts to prevent the extinction of this species.”

Nieto also said he has 300 marines and unmanned aircraft watching over the area to catch illegal fishermen, and that he extended the protection zone to three times larger than it had been, HuffPost reported.

Still, the conservation group Sea Shepherd is still recovering illegal nets in the Gulf of California region, and the group also found a dead vaquita in March.

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