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Endangered Species: Vaquita
Transcript of Endangered Species: Vaquita
By Francis Meyer
The Vaquita's original habitat is the Gulf Of California.
My drawing of a Vaquita. They are greyish blue in color.
This is the new habitat. The average temperature is 67 degrees Farenheit. The water source is the Pacific ocean. The plants are phytoplankton, diatoms, Halodule Wrightii, and green algae.
Other Names: Desert Porpoise, Cochito, and Gulf of California porpoise.
Other: very solitary animals. Vaquita means "Little Cow" in Spanish. They are the smallest cetaceans in the world.
1) Lives in warm water: I believe vaquita live in warm water because their body allows them to and there is better food for them in warm waters.
2) Live alone or in small groups: Vaquita aren't very outgoing animals and stick with their family if any others. They are also very territorial. We know this because they are only found in the Northern part of the Gulf of California.
1) Tall Dorsal Fin: A vaquita's tall dorsal fin improves their balance, speed, and allows them to drop extra body heat.
2) Echolocation: Vaquita use echolocation to find prey and other objects. They send sound waves from their melon in their forehead and it bounces off of objects and back to the brain. It tells the vaquita what and where it is, speed, and density.
The vaquita would make no affect on the producers because it is a carnivore and only eats meat. It would make the physical landscape more crowded and interrupt the food web because it is a new species to the area.
Why are they endangered?
Vaquita are critically endangered according to the IUCN red list. They have become critically endangered because fishers drop gill nets in the water. They accidentally catch vaquita in them and it kills them. This is why there are about 200 vaquita left on Earth.
Impact on producers and physical landscape