Has a stocky body with even, dark grey color on the back and a whitish belly. Lighter gray marks are on the sides. Black markings are found around the eyes, the lips and as a stripe from chin to flipper.
They have a strong aversion to boats. They rise to breath with a slow, forward rolling movement that does not disturb the sea.
Shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico
60 - 100
Large sharks and killer whales are possible predators.
Do not migrate.
Social system/Group size
Usually in pairs.
The biggest threat is the entanglement in fishing gear, but chemicals coming in through the Colorado River are also known to cause a loss in food supply and a decrease in health.
Although geographically closer to the harbor porpoise off the coast of central California some 1,500miles/2,500km away, the vaquita is more closely related to a Southern Hemisphere species of porpoise. It’s closest cousin, the Burmeister’s porpoise occurs some 3,000 miles/5,000km away in Peru, and further south.