The Vaquita



The Vaquita.

By having a very restricted habitat range in shallow waters less than 40m this makes this animal the most vulnerable of all the sea mammals. It is also the rarest. It is often solitary but may form small groups of up to 7 other individuals and uses high frequency clicks for echolocation .It has a mixed diet of small fish, squid and other prey on or near the sea bed. Its body colour is mainly grey but darker on the top, eyes and mouth but lighter on the underneath. When a female has had her calf it is usually 70-80 cm long and suckled by the mother for a couple of months. An adult can grow up to be 1.5 m long and weigh 48kg. It is endangered because of pollution, oil exploration and getting tangle in fishermen’s nets.

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