TravelSharkPix announced the winners of their charity hunt yesterday, but unfortunately Save the Whales didn’t win. On the bright side, one of the winners was Oceana, a non-profit organization devoted to protecting the oceans and their creatures, including the Vaquita. Hopefully Oceana gets many donations from this event, and the Vaquita gains some more popularity. You can donate by getting a TravelSharkPix account, then uploading your pictures. For the first 100 accepted photos, they will donate 10 cents to either Oceana, The Cheetah Conservation Fund, or People in Crisis United. From the 101st submitter and beyond, they will donate 25 cents! Click here to learn more about TravelSharkPix. You can check out the Oceana site here:
A vision, a ghost.
The Vaquita is hidden,
Never to be found.
Or is that silver fog that
Frequents the water’s surface
A lone Vaquita?
Surely it cannot be so.
For years ago we
Wiped the species from the Earth.
But now it is too late. Or is it?
One of the surest ways to tell the difference between a stranded dolphin and a porpoise is their teeth. Porpoises’ teeth are spade-shaped, while the dolphins’ are conical. In the field, the best way to identify a porpoise is that they are generally smaller and more shy than any other cetacean, with the Vaquita being the most extreme example.
Help protect marine life in the Arctic! Please sign this petition and encourage your family and friends to sign as well! The deadline is this Tuesday, February 28! Thank you for your help!
Check out the ¡Viva Vaquita! La Tienda at http://www.printfection.com/vivavaquita! This great store features a wide range of tops, mugs, mousepads, ornaments, hats, bags, and bottles with various ¡Viva Vaquita! logos and illustrations. Besides the wonderful quality of the products, all of the profits go to the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, a non-profit organization. This is the best way to donate, and the best way to buy Vaquita items. Happy shopping!
Vicky, a vocal Vaquita veered very vigorously towards a very vital victim. Vicky violently veiled every inch of Vladimir, a juvenile Pacific Crevalle Jack (which has five vertical bars), like a vicious vortex.
Congratulations to Jonathan for correctly answering Quiz #2 first! Look out for another quiz soon!
Although geographically closer to the Harbor Porpoise off the coast of central California around 1,500 miles away, the Vaquita is more closely related to a Southern Hemisphere species of porpoise, the Burmeister’s Porpoise. The Burmeister’s Porpoise occurs some 3,000 miles away in Peru, and further south. Most likely, the Vaquita evolved from an ancestral population that moved northward into the Gulf of California around one million years ago during the Pleistocene era.
I have started the third Vaquita petition on Change.org. Please check it out and sign it so the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, can discover the Vaquita’s plight.
Vote for Save The Whales in the TravelSharkPix Charity Hunt! Just click on the link below and choose Save the Whales as your favorite charity. The Charity Hunt is a three-week event allowing users to nominate and vote for their favorite charity to have a chance to receive donations from TravelSharkPix for an entire year! The deadline to vote is February 20 at 7 pm Eastern Time. This is monumental for the Vaquita! Thank you for your support!