Good News for a Previous WWW Subject- the Vaquita

As some of you may recall, back in June one of the subjects of my recurring Weird Wildlife Wednesday post was an extremely endangered cetacean known as the Vaquita. I recently came across this article at TakePart.com about a single simple way that biologists are saying they could be saved. Check it out at this link!

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Dead California Gulf porpoise, also known as vaquita, is seen in San Felipe

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Weird Wildlife Wednesday: the Vaquita

The Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is this weeks Weird Wildlife Wednesday species. This is the smallest member of the cetaceans, toping out at around 4.9 feet long and is also the most critically endangered with populations potentially fewer than two-hundred individuals.  Unlike some other more well known cetacean species, these guys tend to be more solitary, typically in groups no larger than four individuals. Little is known about the life history of these animals because of their low numbers and illusiveness. This is also the reason why there are so few pictures of them alive.

A Vaquita entangled in fishing net Source Link

A Vaquita entangled in fishing net
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One of this biggest threats currently for this little cetacean is entanglement in fishing gear. Being endemic to and only found in the Gulf of California, Mexico, it is thought that pesticides flowing from the Colorado River may be posing a threat to Vaquitas as well.

Source: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/cetaceans/about/vaquita/