phocoena

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Done digitally. The species here are  - Phocoena phocoena, Phocoenoides Dalli, Phocoena Spinipinnis.

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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

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Harbor Porpoise by Erik Christensen
Via Flickr:
Kerteminde - Denmark The Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is one of six species of porpoise. It is one of the smallest ocean mammals. As its name implies, it stays close to coastal areas or river estuaries and as such is the most familiar porpoise to whale watchers. This porpoise often ventures up rivers and has been seen hundreds of miles from the sea. 

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED: THE VAQUITA

The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a rare species of porpoise. It is endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California. The estimated number of individuals dropped below 100 in 2014, putting it in imminent danger of extinction. Since the baiji (Lipotes vexillifer) is believed to have gone extinct by 2006, the vaquita has taken on the title of the most endangered cetacean in the world.

The word “vaquita” is Spanish for little cow. Other names include cochito, desert porpoise, Gulf of California harbor porpoise, Gulf of California porpoise, and gulf porpoise.

Rescatan una Marsopa varada en las costas de Pehuen Co

Rescatan una Marsopa varada en las costas de Pehuen Co

En el día de ayer por la tarde, en una recorrida recorrida por las costas de Pehuen Co, personal Guardaparque, se encontró varada y viva una Marsopa de anteojos (Phocoena dioptrica) en el Área 2 de la Reserva. Luego de un par de intentos se logró devolverla al mar. Luego se realizaron recorridas para verificar si volvía a salir a la costa. (more…)

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