The Rarest Animal in the World: The Vaquita

How rare is the vaquita?  There are only 10 left in the world.

The vaquita is a small porpoise found in the waters of Mexico.  They weren’t discovered until 1958 and now they’re almost gone.  Why?  They get tangled in gillnets being used for illegal fishing in the area.  The real target is the totoaba, which have a $4,000/pound of swim bladder price.  The vaquita are a terrible consequence of this illegal activity, which groups are trying to stop.  Yet, this cannot be accomplished without the help of the Mexican government to crackdown on illegal fishing.

Here is a site about saving the Vaquita!

So, what are some Vaquita facts?

  • They are the smallest species of porpoise at 5 feet long and 120 pounds.
  • Their most notable features are black rings around their eyes and black curved lips.  People say they look like pandas.
  • They only live in the northern end of Mexico’s Gulf of California.

That’s really it for major facts since they’re mostly known for their critical endangered status.  Let’s get a look at them.  Preferably alive, which seems to be a challenge in the Google Image Search.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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19 Responses to The Rarest Animal in the World: The Vaquita

  1. Now that’s something where an aquarium or a park like Sea World could make itself useful.


  2. noelleg44 says:

    How awful, Charles. Do do pot info about this again. I donated. Have they relocated some to an aquarium?


  3. Such a sad tale. Thanks for sharing it though,


  4. So tragic. I haven’t even heard of these, and 10 isn’t much to work with.


  5. raynayday says:

    Charles, hi, I had never even heard of this species before reading your article and cannot even imagine what it is possible to do to save it. I am glad that you have made me and others aware of its plight.


  6. raynayday says:

    Tis’ a shame that we cannot do anything.


  7. V.M.Sang says:

    So sad to see any animal go extinct, especially when it’s our fault, or rather, the fault of some humans who are illegally fishing, and not caring. These are cute little animals.


  8. Pingback: Let’s not let another species slip into extinction – the #Vaquita porpoise. | deborahjay

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