Deep in the waters of the Northern Gulf of California full of many predators and prey, lurks the great Vaquita Dolphin that is ready to pounce. The word vaquita means little cow. It is like a little stealthy ninja that uses many techniques that are precious in various ways. It swims through the water like a tiny vicious shark with stealth and speed, it can catch other fish although it can barely see in the murky waters of the Northern Gulf. Now join me on this adventure through the waters and help me find this “dolphin”. The Vaquitas habitat is very limited.
This strange animal only lives in the Northern Gulf of California. Although it only lives there it is still barely surviving. It is on the edge of extinction because of fishing. Fishing has been permanently banned by the mexican government so fishing is illegal for the whole gulf of California. The Vaquita is mainly dying because of illegal net fishing because they get caught and drowned in the nets. The vaquita at one point faced habit alteration. Overall this little cow has had a pretty rough life with habitat violation and habitat alteration.
The Vaquita diet is kind of small with only a few small things it eats most often. With that being said, the Vaquita is a carnivore. It eats bronze striped grunts, gulf croakers, and squid.
This little cow sure can have a feast. The Vaquita uses echolocation to track the location of certain fish because it can barely see in the dark cold waters of the Northern Gulf of California. Echolocation is where the thing, mainly dolphins/whales, can track/sense sound. The vaquita is very special because of echolocation. Echolocation is rare because not many species of whales/ dolphins.
The Vaquita can very well resemble the sound of a Harbor Porpoise by using sharp noises. With all this being said, the Vaquita has a pretty small main diet and a very unique but helpful “power”. If the Vaquita has some special features like echolocation, maybe it has some body features. The Vaquita does have a weird body structure. The little cow has a very stocky body yet a very blunt but small head. At birth, a Vaquita can weigh up to 17 lbs and will be up to 31 inches. An adult can weigh up to 120 lbs and 4.6 to 5 feet long.
Even though these aren’t very large the female is larger than the male. It’s color features are very normal. It is dark grey on top, fades toward the bottom and is white on the very bottom. This fella belongs to the cetacean and is the smallest of the porpoise that belong to the cetacean. In case you don’t know what a cetacean is, it is a marine mammal such as a whale, a dolphin, or of course, a porpoise. In conclusion, the Vaquita does not have special visible features but is very small and is never going to be big like his other porpoise friends.Overall the Vaquita dolphin has echolocation, is very small, and has a limited habitat. With all its special features, this little cow can be aggressive and kind even though it is rarely seen.
Its habitat is 16 miles from the shore. They are usually found in about 25 km deep in the gulf. This vaquita is very rare so let’s try to keep the little cow up and running, I mean swimming until we absolutely can’t