Vaquitas, unlike other porpoises, only give birth every other year, with newborns being birthed in spring( March/April). So you see there are more Vaquitas dying than being born. With a life span of about 21 years, these little guys are listed as Critically Endangered and have only been known to science since 1958. Vaquitas are part of the cetaceans which include whales, dolphins, and porpoises. It is one of only 7 species of porpoise and is the smallest.
The population has taken a huge plunge within the last few decades, with the population dwindling by about 20-40% a year. If actions are not taken to stop the illegal use of gill nets in the Gulf of California, the Vaquita will be gone forever. With so little Vaquita left in the wild, 11 month gestation periods, long breeding times, and inbreeding by the remaining porpoise, their future looks dim.
Fortunately, scientist and conservationist are working hard on ways to save this little dolphin from extinction.
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Some Interesting Vaquita Facts:
- Vaquita is a carnivore whose diet consists mainly of squids, crustaceans, and different types of fish.
- Vaquita uses high-pitched clicks to communicate with each other.
- It also uses high-pitched clicks to bounce off of objects in front of them giving them a sense of their surroundings when traveling.
- They live in murky waters and just as dolphins rely on echolocation.
- Using echo-location is also beneficial for when they are hunting allowing them to know the size and location of an object and whether or not it is edible.
- Vaquita is very shy creatures and is rarely seen. They readily avoid boats and humans. They do not jump out the water like its larger cousins-the dolphin, nor do they like to swim close to the surface.
- Vaquita reaches sexual maturity by the age of 3 to 6 years old with Females producing offspring every 2 years.
- Calves are usually about 30" and 17 pounds at birth and rely on its mother for the first year of its life.
- Less than 30 remain with some reports stating there are now less than 13 left as of 2019!
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HERE'S A WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SAVE THE VAQUITA FROM EXTINCTION.
DONATE: You can make a difference and support all efforts by different institutions to remove the deadly gillnets for the Gulf, which includes the Mexican Navy, Mexican Ministry of the Environment, vaquitacpr.org, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund ( WWF).
SPREAD AWARENESS: You can help spread the word about what's going on with Vaquitas as well as most of the animals in the Gulf of California. Post, re-post, share, like, and follow those who are trying to help save the Vaquita on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.
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