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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 | 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. "Phocoena sinus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2007. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007. Database entry includes justification for why this species is critically endangered