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The Vaquita is a small porpoise endemic to
the Sea of Cortez, and is the world's smallest and most endangered small
marine cetacean. With fewer than 200 left, it is feared that high
levels of entanglement in fishing gear threaten imminent extinction if
current trends continue.
Each year, anywhere between 40 and 80
vaquitas are killed in gillnets and trawl nets used in both artisanal
and commercial fishing. At the same time, the habitat of the species has
been altered by damming of the Colorado River in the US.
You will not see these unusual cetaceans
around Los Cabos however specialist tours are sometimes advertised to
the northern part of the Sea of Cortez where they can be seen.