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The Vaquita

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Steven Chen

on 20 November 2014

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Transcript of The Vaquita

The vaquita looks like a small porpoise that has a black ring around its eyes and mouth. It is a dark grey colour and its underside is white. It is about 150 cm in height and 120 pounds in weight. Its skin is very smooth and slippery like a bar of soap. Most Vaquitas have 34-40 acorn-like teeth. Scientists are not sure how fast the vaquita can swim.

Diet and Ecosystem
Vaquitas are carnivores which mean they eat meat. They eat teleost fish which are a type of bony fish and they also eat squid, crab, and croakers which are a type of fish that make drumming sounds. Most of these animals can be found near the surface which is where the vaquitas like to hang out. Vaquitas live in lake ecosystems.
Why their Endangered
The vaquita is critically endangered because people overfish its prey which makes it harder to catch to catch prey. Also they get caught in fishing nets sometimes and then they drown Some people there also built a dam there which makes their habitat change and they will have a harder time finding food.

What WWF is doing
WWF is trying to tell the Mexican government to ban fishing with nets. They also want the US and China to help stop illegal vaquita trading. If the vaquita goes extinct, crabs may overpopulate because nothing else really eats them and then the crabs food will be harder to find and the crab might become endangered.
Helping the Future
To stop other animals from becoming endangered, we can stop overhunting or overfishing . We should also stop dumping garbage in water and not cutting down trees with animals in them. We can stop moving some animals from their original homes too because they may not be able to adapt.
Relatives and Habitat
Three of the vaquitas relatives from its order are whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The vaquita lives north of the Gulf of California which is in Mexico.
The Vaquita
Phocoena sinus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Family: Phocoenidae
Genus: Phocoena
Species: P. sinus

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