July 2017: Vaquita

Scientific Name Phocoena sinus
Alternate Name Cochito, Desert Porpoise, Gulf Porpoise, Gulf of California Porpoise, Gulf of California Harbour Porpoise, Little Cow/Pig, Vaquita Marina/Porpoise
Collective Name Crowd, Herd, Pod, School, Shoal
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cetartiodactyla Phocoenidae Phocoena
North America Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic
29-55 kg. 65-120 lb.
1.49-2 m. 4.9-6.6 ft. 20-21 yr. 10 yr. (Generation)
Critically Endangered Solitary Diurnal
Decreasing Polygynous Carnivore
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.



Source: IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 2017. Phocoena sinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2018-2




Vaquita Vaquita - Unlike most other porpoise species which breed every year, vaquitas give birth every 2 years.
Vaquita Vaquita - The vaquita is the only cetacean endemic to Mexico.
https://faunafocus.com/home/july-2017/#jp-carousel-4425 Vaquita - The oldest vaquita was estimated to be 21 years of age.


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