Vaquitaimage credit:

image credit: National Geographic/Flip Nicklin/Minden Pictures/WWF.
Habitat: northern end of the Gulf of California
Size: 5 ft in length, 110 lbs

This elusive porpoise is a Vaquita and it is the smallest member of the order Cetacea which includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The vaquita have the most restricted range of any marine cetacean, only found in the northern end of the Gulf of California. Less than 150 remain in the wild. The vaquitas are in such danger due to gillnets which inadvertently trap these small marine mammals; WWF is currently working to phase out these harmful nets. It really is a shame that some of the most wonderful creatures on our planet are either threatened or facing extinction.

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