The olden days

This weekend I am on vacation in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. While exploring the famous lighthouse, we found a gift shop that contained many ocean-related objects. When I was checking out the books, I was astonished when I found the “Whales and Dolphins Coloring Book” by John Green. I immediately recognized the book (because of my past internet research) as one of the only in the world that contains the Vaquita. This book was published in 1990, before the Vaquita’s appearance was well-known. To give you a feeling of how much we have learned about the Vaquita in the last 20 or so years, here is what the Vaquita’s coloring page looks like:

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And here is their example of the Vaquita:

Example from 1990

They didn’t even know that the Vaquita had eye- and mouth-patches, as well as the chin-to-flipper stripe and a triangular dorsal fin. The Vaquita was discovered in 1958 from a few skulls, and first seen in 1985. We still have so much to learn, but it will not be possible to learn anything if we lose them now.

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Anita the Vaquita

I am giving out free “Anita the Vaquita” coloring books by ¡Viva Vaquita! and published by OERS. They can be found here in online form, but you obviously cannot color your computer screen. The book is not exactly made for adults (for ages 4-7) but is a great Christmas gift for a little kid. Also, I will also include a Vaquita brochure, also found online (here), but again as a hard copy. This is only available for the first 5 repliers!!! When you reply, I will be able to see your email address, and will be able to email you. We can work it out from there. If it is free, why not get it to help spread word of the Vaquita?