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Saltie Voice: The Vaquita Dolphin

Katie Stoddart

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Conservation Status: The Vaquita Dolphin is listed as CRITICALLY ENDANGERED and migratory under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

This is the Vaquita Dolphin, isn't it just breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL? You have probably never seen one before as sadly it is believed there are only approx. 100 left in the world.

The vaquita is a very small porpoise that lives solely in the Gulf of California, Mexico, it's the smallest and rarest of the cetaceans - which include whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The vaquita has a gray body with a pale gray or white belly and a dark patch around its eye. They are very rarely seen in the wild.

The species is critically endangered primarily as a result of entanglement in fishing nets. Strong measures are needed to stop harmful fishing practices in its habitat or the species stands little chance of survival.

In addition, the vaquita is possibly affected by reductions in water flow into the Gulf of California from the Colorado River, and pesticide pollution is suspected as a potential problem.

We HOPE by introducing you to this harmless Saltie Soul we can create some AWARENESS for their existence and create some NOISE for the 100 that unfortunately don't have a voice.


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