Vaquita

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Vaquita
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Family: Phocoenidae
Genus: Phocoena
Species: P. sinus
Binomial name
Phocoena sinus
Norris & McFarland, 1958
Vaquita range

Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a rare type of porpoise. It lives only in the Gulf of California.

Look[change | edit source]

Vaquita have a dark coloring around the eyes and mouth. The upper side of the body is medium to dark gray. The underside is off-white to light gray. It has a rather large fin on its back for its size. The Vaquita is the smallest type of porpoise in the world, growing up to 5 feet long and weighing up to 120 pounds.

Feeding[change | edit source]

Vaquita feed on small, bottom-dwelling fish and squid.

Life[change | edit source]

They live alone or in small groups, usually of about three, but sometimes they live in groups of up to ten.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Phocoena sinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2007. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2007. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/17028. Retrieved 13 September 2007. Database entry includes justification for why this species is critically endangered