G.A.C.(God’s Amazing Creation)- The Vaquita

G.A.C.(God’s Amazing Creation)

Vaquita

Scientific Name: Phocoena Cinus

Weight: 90-120 lbs

Life Span: The oldest ever recorded was 21 years old

Where They Live: Northern Gulf of California

Characteristics:

The Vaquita is stocky and curves into a star shape when viewed from the side. The word “vaquita” is Spanish for little cow. The species is distinguishable by the dark circles surrounding their eyes, spots on their lips, and a line that extends from their dorsal fins to their mouth. Their back is a dark grey that lightens to a white stomach and whole underside. The Vaquita is the world’s smallest porpoise. They get to about 4-5 feet long. They are usually found by themselves.

Status:

The Vaquita is Critically Endangered. There are approximately around 200 individuals left. The Vaquita is known to be the most endangered cetacean(seh-TAY-shun) in the world.

To Learn More Go T0:

http://worldwildlife.org/species/vaquita

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