Here is another amazing poster from Memuco: http://visual.ly/unnatural-disasters. It really puts into perspective how endangered the Vaquita really is. The poster also features the Baiji (previous post) and the Yangtze River Finless Porpoise with a lot of information on each cetacean.
The only cetacean known to go extinct due to human activity is the Baiji, Lipotes vexillifer. In 2006, after an intense, 6-week search in all of the Baiji’s historic range, it was considered extinct. Don’t let the Vaquita be the second. Learn more about the Baiji by clicking on the links below.
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.
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!
There once was a tiny cetacean
Not well-known in the nation.
With a fluke and a fin,
Two eyes and a chin.
The Vaquita is nature’s sensation.
The Vaquita is the smallest cetacean, at only 5 feet long.