Here’s an animal to meet while you still can! The vaquita (Spanish for “little cow”). The few vaquitas that are still alive reside in the northern part of the Gulf of California. They’re the smallest members of the dolphin and whale (cetacean) family. There’s about 30 of them left, so they’ll probably become extinct pretty soon.
Let’s meet one now:
So, why are these cute little cetaceans disappearing? Gill nets! In Mexico, fishermen use gill nets to harvest shrimp in the vaquita’s territory. You can learn more about it at boycottmexicanshrimp.com.
Easy. There’s another reason that got the swimming little cow on the brink. A fish that’s also endangered called the totoboa (or rather, the totoboa’s falsely medicinal swim bladder):
Good luck little vaquita!