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The size of a Vaquita compared to an average human
The size of a Vaquita compared
to an average human

Vaquita Range Map (Gulf of California)
Vaquita Range Map (Gulf of California)

Latin Name Phocoena sinus
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
Location Gulf of California
Colour Grey
Length 1.5 m (5 ft)
Weight 48 Kg (105 lbs)
Life Expectancy 20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

The Vaquita is a small porpoise that is approximately 1.5 m (5 ft) in length and weighs in the region of 48 kgs (105 lbs). They are grey in colour with a pale grey underside and dark colouration around the eyes and mouth.


Vaquita are found in the northern part of the Gulf of California. They stay in shallow waters that are less than 40 m (130 ft) deep.


Vaquita feed on small fish and squid.


After a gestation period of 10 - 11 months, a single calf is born. At birth the calf is 70 - 80 cms (28 - 32 inches) in length and it is suckled by it's mother for several months.


Humans are predators of Vaquita.


There are no subspecies of Vaquita.

Interesting Facts

Vaquita are also known as:
Gulf of California Harbor Porpoise
Gulf of California Porpoise
Gulf Porpoise
Marsouin du Golfe de Californie

Vaquita means little cow in Spanish

The estimated population of Vaquita is between 100 and 300 individuals.

Similar Animals

Dall's Porpoise
Finless Porpoise
Harbour Porpoise
Spectacled Porpoise
Burmeister's Porpoise

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