This animal is so endangered that today there is only 30 of these animals left in the entire world!
The Vaquita is so special and it looks unreal. It is only about 5 feet long. These tiny porpoises are silvery grey, and have really dark rings around their eyes and also some dark patches across their lips, making them look more like children’s book illustrations than actual animals. Unfortunately, today there is only 30 of them in the entire world!
But actually the Vaquita is a real animal, although this species is racing towards extinction at breakneck speed. This week, the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) made an announcement that there are only 30 Vaquita Porpoises still today in the world. This makes them the most endangered cetacean in the world. Since the year 2015, the species has declined by shocking 50 percent.
“The situation is absolutely dire, and we are really on the brink of losing the Vaquita for good,” Kate O’Connell, a marine wildlife consultant for the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), says. “Only drastic actions will save this species from disappearing forever”.
This shy and magical looking animal lives in only one part of the world. They live only in the Sea of Cortez in the Upper Gulf of California, near Mexico. But Vaquitas were recently discovered in the 1950s. The scientists really do not know that much about their life history or also behavior. There are actually also very few photos of Vaquitas. But, there are plenty illustrations that show what they look like up close.
We have all heard about them more than we have seen live ones. The acoustic monitoring was a key part of studying these animals, O’Connell says. “How sad is it that we could actually wipe out an entire species before we had the chance to really know it?”.