Endangered Species Day 12:
Name: Vaquita of the Gulf of California.
Population: >200. Vaquitas are the world’s smallest porpoise and were only discovered in 1958. Not much is known about them as they are very elusive and swim away fro boats.
Extinction Risk: Critically Endangered. The Vaquita is the most endangered cetacean in the world and may go extinct without being protected.
Threat: Bycatch. Because their population is already so low, even one Vaquita caught in a fishing net and drowning is one too many.
They’re super cool, with the black circles around their eyes and the black lining their mouths. Not only are there not many of them in the wild but there also isn’t a lot of pics of them online either :-/
All facts from WWF. Non-top hat image taken from here.