July 2017: Vaquita

Scientific Name   Phocoena sinus
Alternate Name   Cochito, Desert Porpoise, Gulf of California Harbour Porpoise, Gulf of California Porpoise, Gulf Porpoise, Little Cow, Little Pig, Vaquita Marina, Vaquita Porpoise
Collective Name   Crowd, Herd, Pod, School, Shoal
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Phocoenidae Phocoena
  Critically Endangered   Diurnal   Solitary   Carnivore
  North America   Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic
  149-200 cm.   59-79 in.
  29-55 kg.   65-120 lb.   20-21 yr.   10 yr. (Generation)
Fore Hind

The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is the smallest member of the Phoecoenidae family, categorized within the Cetartiodactyla order. The vaquita is categorized as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as it’s the most endangered marine mammal on the planet with approximately less than 30 individuals remaining in the wild today. As a solitary species, the vaquita is usually found alone, or as a mother and calf pairing. The vaquita is only found within the Gulf of California and prefers murky, shallow waters close to the coast.

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