The ‘little cow’ of the sea nears extinction
In the Gulf of California, fewer than 19 vaquitas are left. What can conservationists learn before the species dies out completely?
This story appears in the October 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine.
A stocky creature about four and a half feet long, the vaquita is the smallest of the cetaceans, a family that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Dark pigment edging vaquitas’ eyes gives them a bovine look; in Spanish, the animal’s name means “little cow.”
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