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Temporal range: Holocene
Vaquita4 Olson NOAA.jpg
Vaquita size.svg
Size compared to an average human
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Cetacea
Family: Phocoenidae
Genus: Phocoena
P. sinus
Binomial name
Phocoena sinus
Cetacea range map Vaquita.PNG
Vaquita range

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

Look[change | change 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 | change source]

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

Life[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. Fossilworks Database. "Fossilworks". Fossilworks Gateway to paleotology. John Alory. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  2. Rojas-Bracho, L.; Taylor, B.L. (2017). "Phocoena sinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T17028A50370296. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T17028A50370296.en. Retrieved 18 February 2019. (previous version)