The vaquita is a small porpoise
It is one of only seven species
of true porpoises, and is the only
one that occurs in warm waters
of the eastern Pacific Ocean. I
t is found in a tiny area in the
extreme northern Gulf of California,
in Baja California, Mexico.
It is a unique species, with a body
shape and color pattern unlike that
of any other. It has a tall dorsal fin
(for a porpoise) and a beautiful color
pattern on the face, with dark eye
rings and lip patches that look like
an application of “goth” make-up.
There is only one small population,
and if the species goes extinct,
they will be gone forever.
The vaquita has only been known
to science since 1958.
Vaquita means “little cow” in Spanish.
At about 5 feet (1.5 m) long, it’s the
smallest species of cetacean.
The vaquita lives only about a 4 hour
drive from San Diego.
Unlike other porpoises, vaquitas give
birth only every other year.
Newborns are born in the spring
They live to be about 20-21 years old.
Vaquitas have never been held in aquaria.
It is one of the rarest and most-endangered
species of marine mammal in the world.
Its fate is tied to that of the upper
Gulf of California ecosystem.
The vaquita could go extinct in two years
if we do not act NOW