“We voiced our concerns that the capture transport and confinement of these animals could be very stressful for them,” O’Connell added. “The risk of having even one of them die in the process was high.”
"They can’t say they were not warned, and if they continue this foolhardy plan, another Vaquita will die," Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said about the VaquitaCPR's plan. "This team just contributed to the possible extinction of this extremely rare endangered species."
"We warned them that the animals were shy, elusive and easily stressed," Watson added, noting that most of the scientists on the VaquitaCPR team were working from within the captivity industry. "The death of this vaquita and the stress recently inflicted to a vaquita calf has most likely stressed the entire remaining population."