phocoena

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Vaquita

(Phocoena sinus

the vaquita is a small porpoise that can be found in the northern parts of the gulf of California  they are fairly rare with a known 100-300 individuals alive today. they were believed to gone extinct in 2006 and are though to be the most endangered cetacean in the world and is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. they are small animals growing up to 4 ft and weighing around 120 lb. they can be identified by their small size, black eye rings and lip patches. they can only be found in the Gulf of California in shallow lagoons and shoreline areas and are rarely seen in water deeper than 50 meters. they live in very small pods of around 1-3 individuals but groups of  8-10 have been seen. they are the product of alot of conservation projects as they are evolutionary distinct and critically endangered.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Cetacea-Odontoceti-Phocoenidae-Phoconea