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Vaquitas (Phocoena sinus)
 
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From Spanish vaquita(little cow), diminutive of vaca(cow).

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vaquita ‎(plural vaquitas)

  1. A small and critically endangered porpoise, Phocoena sinus, endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California, Mexico.
    • 2015 November 5, Whale of a deal, New Scientist, Issue 3098, page 6,
      THE world’s smallest porpoise may have a fighting chance. The vaquita might be saved from extinction by an agreement at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Portoroz, Slovenia, last week.
      Unique to the Gulf of California, the vaquita has seen its numbers collapse to 59 in 2015.

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