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Antonella Wilby is a PhD student studying Computer Science at UC San Diego and a National Geographic Young Explorer. As a passionate roboticist, explorer, and photographer, she hopes to unify technological innovation with exploration and storytelling. She has built cutting-edge technologies for marine mammal monitoring, shipwreck mapping, and underwater cave imaging.

Antonella is an avid adventurer, backpacker, climber, and traveler.

Brink of Extinction: A Technological Approach to Saving the Last Vaquita Porpoises

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico — In the silty blue waters of the northern Sea of Cortez, off the coast of the small fishing town of San Felipe, lives the smallest and rarest marine mammal in the world. Vaquita marina, whose name loosely translates to “little cow of the sea,” is a member of the…