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Temporal range: Holocene
Size compared to an average human
Conservation status
Scientific classification
P. sinus
Binomial name
Phocoena sinus
Norris & McFarland, 1958
Vaquita range

Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is a rare type of porpoise. It lives only in the Gulf of California.


Vaquita have a dark coloring around the eyes and mouth. The upper side of the body is medium to dark gray. The underside is off-white to light gray. It has a rather large fin on its back for its size. The Vaquita is the smallest type of porpoise in the world, growing up to 5 feet long and weighing up to 120 pounds.


Vaquita feed on small, bottom-dwelling fish and squid.


They live alone or in small groups, usually of about three, but sometimes they live in groups of up to ten.


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