Vaquita

Most endangered marine mammal in the world; possibly as few as ten individuals left!

The vaquita is unique among the porpoises as it is the only species of porpoises found in warm waters. Also, it is the rarest of all aquatic mammals. They are so rare that until recently, people thought vaquitas were mythical creatures, as few had ever seen one. Today, they’re only found in the Gulf of California and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico.

The window of opportunity for saving them is closing fast, but extinction is still preventable. You can help by simply spreading the word. The uproar from scientific and conservational communities led to the ban on fish gillnets in the upper Gulf, and more efforts like that are still direly needed.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Mexico
18
Official estimate
CR
2022
Gulf of California
Pacific ocean
Official estimate
CR
2022
Eastern central
Gulf of Mexico
CR
2022

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No