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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Phocoenidae — the porpoises.


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  • Description: The recent likely extinction of the baiji or Chinese river dolphin, makes the vaquita (Phocoena sinus)? the Gulf of California porpoise? the most endangered cetacean.

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  • Some poaching of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is thought to take place along the Finnmark coast, but the level of this harvest is unknown.

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  • Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus (R) and common porpoise Phocoena phocoena have also been sighted.

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  • Grey seals Halichoerus grypus now breed on the islands and 9-10 species of cetaceans are seen: among them minke Balaenoptera acutirostrata and killer whales Orcinus orca, harbor porpoises Phocoena phocoena and Risso's, whitesided and whitebeaked dolphins, Grampus griseus, Lagenorhyncus acutus and L. albirostris.

    St Kilda (Hirta) National Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

  • Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)

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  • (12 / 10 / 2006) Accidental death in fishing nets is driving the world's smallest cetacean, the Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), towards extinction, according to a new study published in the current issue of Mammal Review, the official scientific periodical of the Mammal Society. News

  • Further, "the Pacific here is among the most important fishing waters and has some species that are unique, like the vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a small, rare type of porpoise that is on the verge of extinction," said Leila Monroe, oceans policy analyst with the U. S.-based Natural Resources Defence Council.

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  • The North American Conservation Action Plan (NACAP) for the Vaquita (Phocoena sinus) also seeks to develop alternative livelihoods for fishermen affected by the conservation efforts. News

  • In the Upper Gulf there are 18 species of marine mammal, one, the vaquita or Gulf porpoise Phocoena sinus (CR), found only in the northern Gulf, is one of the world’s four rarest marine mammals.

    Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico

  • Phocoena phocoena) and killer whales (Orcinus orca

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