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Magic mushrooms are nearing their day in court for Denver, Colorado. A major grassroots movement to legalize the psychedelic has successfully put decriminalization on the ballot and residents will cast their vote in May of this year.

But contrary to popular belief, Denver won’t be the first place in the United States to decriminalize magic mushrooms. In 2005, New Mexico voted that you could grow them and even eat them, but you can’t possess dried mushrooms in the state.

If Denver votes to decriminalize, it could be a monumental step forward in making psilocybin, the psychedelic component in magic mushrooms, more accessible as a treatment for a range of mental disorders and diseases. Learn more at EARTH.COM.
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Magic mushrooms are nearing their day in court for Denver, Colorado. A major grassroots movement to legalize the psychedelic has successfully put decriminalization on the ballot and residents will cast their vote in May of this year. But contrary to popular belief, Denver won’t be the first place in the United States to decriminalize magic mushrooms. In 2005, New Mexico voted that you could grow them and even eat them, but you can’t possess dried mushrooms in the state. If Denver votes to decriminalize, it could be a monumental step forward in making psilocybin, the psychedelic component in magic mushrooms, more accessible as a treatment for a range of mental disorders and diseases. Learn more at EARTH.COM. . . . . #earthdotcom #earth #mushroom #mushrooms #magicmushrooms #magicmushroom #mushrooms🍄 #mushroomphotography #mushroomsofinstagram #mushroomlover #ilovemushrooms #mushroomsociety #yourworld

Will the Olympics change the nature and soul of climbing and surfing?⁣
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Icons of climbing are different from other sporting figures.  There aren’t typically boxes of Wheaties showing rock climbers or popular shoes named after them in multimillion-dollar deals.  Unlike when Michael Phelps was photographed smoking marijuana, no one would be particularly shocked to see a rock climber smoking a bong.  Climbing is far from the glamorous life embodied by football or basketball stars and is more of a pursuit of aesthetics. Reputations in climbing often grow by word of mouth or by small scale documentaries shown at outdoor film festivals, not large athletic competitions. ⁣
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“The golden age of climbing is replete with these anti-heroes (dirtbags): Pratt, Chouinard, and Beckey are our dirtier, more destitute Magic, Bird, and Jordan,” said one report from Climbing.⁣
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Yvon Chouinard, founder of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia and former climbing bum, is as much of a climbing icon as anyone.  In his book, Let My People Go Surfing, Chouinard described buying discounted, dented cans of cat food as a staple for long summers spent climbing.  In the excellent documentary 180 degrees South, Chouinard described climbing Mount Everest in this way,⁣
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“The whole purpose of planning something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain and if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.”⁣
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Will the Olympics change the nature and soul of climbing and surfing?⁣ ⁣ Icons of climbing are different from other sporting figures. There aren’t typically boxes of Wheaties showing rock climbers or popular shoes named after them in multimillion-dollar deals. Unlike when Michael Phelps was photographed smoking marijuana, no one would be particularly shocked to see a rock climber smoking a bong. Climbing is far from the glamorous life embodied by football or basketball stars and is more of a pursuit of aesthetics. Reputations in climbing often grow by word of mouth or by small scale documentaries shown at outdoor film festivals, not large athletic competitions. ⁣ ⁣ “The golden age of climbing is replete with these anti-heroes (dirtbags): Pratt, Chouinard, and Beckey are our dirtier, more destitute Magic, Bird, and Jordan,” said one report from Climbing.⁣ ⁣ Yvon Chouinard, founder of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia and former climbing bum, is as much of a

Another supermoon arrives tonight and here’s the best way to see it.

2019 is shaping up to be a year filled with amazing lunar events including not one but three supermoons, the second of which is scheduled to light up the night sky on Tuesday, February 19th.

A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its fullest and at its closest point to Earth. This point is called the perigee, and when the moon is farthest from the Earth in its orbit it’s called the apogee.

If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of the Super Snow Moon this month, moonrise between 5:30 and 6:30 pm will be your best chance. During moonrise, an optical illusion makes the moon seems larger than it is because of how close the moon is to the horizon.
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Another supermoon arrives tonight and here’s the best way to see it. 2019 is shaping up to be a year filled with amazing lunar events including not one but three supermoons, the second of which is scheduled to light up the night sky on Tuesday, February 19th. A supermoon occurs when the moon is at its fullest and at its closest point to Earth. This point is called the perigee, and when the moon is farthest from the Earth in its orbit it’s called the apogee. If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of the Super Snow Moon this month, moonrise between 5:30 and 6:30 pm will be your best chance. During moonrise, an optical illusion makes the moon seems larger than it is because of how close the moon is to the horizon. . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #photooftheday #picoftheday #instadaily #photography #bestoftheday #image #pictures #nature #photo #photos #earthphotos #fullmoon #astrology #stars #night #space #moonlight #nightsky #astronomy #astrophotography #science

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA features the dark waters of the Suwannee River as they mix with light blue ocean waters.

This blackwater river is colored by organic material collected from the Okefenokee Swamp in southeastern Georgia. 
The Suwannee River maintains its black tint as it flows south into the Gulf of Mexico.

This image was captured on February 20, 2015 by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8. .
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Today’s Image of the Day from NASA features the dark waters of the Suwannee River as they mix with light blue ocean waters. This blackwater river is colored by organic material collected from the Okefenokee Swamp in southeastern Georgia. The Suwannee River maintains its black tint as it flows south into the Gulf of Mexico. This image was captured on February 20, 2015 by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8. . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #photooftheday #picoftheday #instadaily #photography #bestoftheday #image #pictures #nature #photo #photos #earthphotos #ocean #sea #waves #landscape #mexico #black #blackwater #nasa #satelite #colored

A recent expedition has produced the first 3D map of the world’s largest underwater sinkhole, the Great Blue Hole, located off the coast of Belize. The team included Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of French oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, who made this region famous in the early 1970s.

The Great Blue Hole, which is 984 feet across and more than 400 feet deep, is ranked as one of the world’s top dive sites. Surrounded by reefs and caves, the ancient sinkhole lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef Atoll.

Last December, a group of researchers set sail for the Great Blue Hole equipped with two submarines. In addition to capturing fascinating video and images, the team has created a 3D map of the hole’s interior.  Learn more at EARTH.COM .
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A recent expedition has produced the first 3D map of the world’s largest underwater sinkhole, the Great Blue Hole, located off the coast of Belize. The team included Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of French oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, who made this region famous in the early 1970s. The Great Blue Hole, which is 984 feet across and more than 400 feet deep, is ranked as one of the world’s top dive sites. Surrounded by reefs and caves, the ancient sinkhole lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Last December, a group of researchers set sail for the Great Blue Hole equipped with two submarines. In addition to capturing fascinating video and images, the team has created a 3D map of the hole’s interior. Learn more at EARTH.COM . . . . . #earthdotcom #earth #greatbluehole #greatblueholeofbelize #bluehole #blueholebelize #belize #travelbelize #explore #yourworld

Climate change will alter the atmospheric energy that fuels weather in the summer, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This could lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Rising temperatures, particularly in the Arctic, are redistributing the energy in the atmosphere. As a result, more energy is available to fuel storms, while less energy is available for extratropical cyclones, which are milder weather systems..
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Climate change will alter the atmospheric energy that fuels weather in the summer, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This could lead to stronger thunderstorms and more stagnant conditions in North America, Europe, and Asia. Rising temperatures, particularly in the Arctic, are redistributing the energy in the atmosphere. As a result, more energy is available to fuel storms, while less energy is available for extratropical cyclones, which are milder weather systems.. . . . . #earthdotcom #earth #weather #weatherphotography #extremeweather #thunderstorm #lightning #lightningbolt #lightningstrike #inthestorm #lightningstrikes #storm #storms #stormchaser #stormchasing #climate #climatechange

A new plan to save northern white rhino species using a surrogate.

In an attempt to save the species, researchers have managed to create an embryo using the sperm of a male northern white rhino that was collected before it died.

There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world, and they are both females with issues that prevent them from carrying a baby to full term. The embryo will be implanted into a healthy surrogate, which will most likely be a southern white rhino.

The embryo is the last hope to save the northern white rhino. If the process is a success, the experts will use the same method to produce more offspring.
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A new plan to save northern white rhino species using a surrogate. In an attempt to save the species, researchers have managed to create an embryo using the sperm of a male northern white rhino that was collected before it died. There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world, and they are both females with issues that prevent them from carrying a baby to full term. The embryo will be implanted into a healthy surrogate, which will most likely be a southern white rhino. The embryo is the last hope to save the northern white rhino. If the process is a success, the experts will use the same method to produce more offspring. . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #animals #wildlife #naturelovers #forest #animallovers #wild #wildanimals #nature #outdoors #animal #animales #animals #rhino #conservation #africa #savetherhino #safari #rhinos #rhinoceros #southafrica #wildlifephotography #stoppoaching #whiterhino #rhinoconservation

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA shows how the Hubble Space Telescope has been used to study auroras on the poles of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.

While Hubble observed and measured the auroras on Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft measured the properties of solar wind itself.

Jonathan Nichols from the University of Leicester said: “These auroras are very dramatic and among the most active I have ever seen. It almost seems as if Jupiter is throwing a firework party for the imminent arrival of Juno.”
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Today’s Image of the Day from NASA shows how the Hubble Space Telescope has been used to study auroras on the poles of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. While Hubble observed and measured the auroras on Jupiter, NASA’s Juno spacecraft measured the properties of solar wind itself. Jonathan Nichols from the University of Leicester said: “These auroras are very dramatic and among the most active I have ever seen. It almost seems as if Jupiter is throwing a firework party for the imminent arrival of Juno.” . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #photooftheday #picoftheday #instadaily #photography #bestoftheday #image #pictures #nature #photo #photos #earthphotos #astronomy #stars #universe #galaxy #nasa #astrophotography #science #universetoday #cosmos #jupiter

Often as humans, we seem to focus more on our role as predator and think of times when an animal eats us as something unnatural or out of the ordinary.  This is pretty sensible for most of the world, especially the developed world. Throughout the United States outside of perhaps rural Alaska, there’s little direct animal threat posed to humans. 
Sure, people are sometimes killed, even partially consumed by mountain lions, but it’s exceedingly rare. According to Wide Open Spaces, there are only 25 fatal mountain lion attacks on record for North America from 1890 to 2017.  Although it’s much more common, fatal attacks from bears are also rare. Wide Open Spaces reports that the same number, 25 fatal black bear attacks occurred in North America in just 20 years.  When looking at these numbers, it’s important to remember people are much more likely to see a black bear than a mountain lion as well.  I personally have never seen a mountain lion in the wild, but have seen bears, both black and brown a number of times. In a similar vein, USA Today reports that Florida has had only 24 fatal alligator attacks on humans since 1973.  Learn more at EARTH.COM
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Often as humans, we seem to focus more on our role as predator and think of times when an animal eats us as something unnatural or out of the ordinary. This is pretty sensible for most of the world, especially the developed world. Throughout the United States outside of perhaps rural Alaska, there’s little direct animal threat posed to humans. Sure, people are sometimes killed, even partially consumed by mountain lions, but it’s exceedingly rare. According to Wide Open Spaces, there are only 25 fatal mountain lion attacks on record for North America from 1890 to 2017. Although it’s much more common, fatal attacks from bears are also rare. Wide Open Spaces reports that the same number, 25 fatal black bear attacks occurred in North America in just 20 years. When looking at these numbers, it’s important to remember people are much more likely to see a black bear than a mountain lion as well. I personally have never seen a mountain lion in the wild, but have seen bears, both

Australia’s changing human landscape is having an impact on the continent’s food webs – and not a good one.

With the resettlement of indigenous Australians has come with a high rate of mammal extinction, the spread of invasive species, and other negative impacts on local food webs. Australia’s native mammals seem to be dying off faster in areas where humans have stopped interacting with the landscape altogether, said Dr. Rebecca Bliege Bird of Pennsylvania State University. “I was motivated by the mystery that has occurred in the last 50 years in Australia,” Bird said in a press release. “The extinction of small-bodied mammals does not follow the same pattern we usually see with people changing the landscape and animals disappearing.” Learn more at EARTH.COM
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Australia’s changing human landscape is having an impact on the continent’s food webs – and not a good one. With the resettlement of indigenous Australians has come with a high rate of mammal extinction, the spread of invasive species, and other negative impacts on local food webs. Australia’s native mammals seem to be dying off faster in areas where humans have stopped interacting with the landscape altogether, said Dr. Rebecca Bliege Bird of Pennsylvania State University. “I was motivated by the mystery that has occurred in the last 50 years in Australia,” Bird said in a press release. “The extinction of small-bodied mammals does not follow the same pattern we usually see with people changing the landscape and animals disappearing.” Learn more at EARTH.COM

How agroforestry can help plummeting tiger populations.

Global tiger populations have been on a steep decline as poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict continue to decimate the species.

Today, there are fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild who inhabit less than 6% of their historic range. In the past century, we have lost over 95% of the world’s wild tiger population, according to World Wildlife Fund.

One study found that agroforestry built around protected habitats could reduce the chances of tiger extinction in Sumatra. In contrast, researchers found that surrounding protected areas with single-use land resulted in the extinction of tigers in their model.
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How agroforestry can help plummeting tiger populations. Global tiger populations have been on a steep decline as poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict continue to decimate the species. Today, there are fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild who inhabit less than 6% of their historic range. In the past century, we have lost over 95% of the world’s wild tiger population, according to World Wildlife Fund. One study found that agroforestry built around protected habitats could reduce the chances of tiger extinction in Sumatra. In contrast, researchers found that surrounding protected areas with single-use land resulted in the extinction of tigers in their model. Learn more on earth.com . . . #earth #earthdotcom #news #dailynews #earth #earthnews #instannews #science #lifestyle #environment #animals #plants #images #picoftheday #tiger #tigers #agroforestry #habitat #willdlife #endangered #wildanimals

This image from NASA Earth Observatory introduces a new international study which found that the movement of glaciers actually slows down as they melt.

The purpose of the study, which was led by Amaury Dehecq from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was to gain a better understanding of what regulates the speed of glacial motion. This could help scientists predict how melting glaciers will impact freshwater supplies and sea-level rise.

The team analyzed nearly two million pairs of Landsat satellite images captured between 1985 and 2017 and used automatic feature tracking to measure the distance that the glaciers had moved. The results showed that the thinner the glacier, the slower it had flowed.

This slowdown can be explained, in part, by gravity. As a glacier loses mass, its gravitational pull is weakened. The scientists noted that in a few cases where glaciers had thickened, the rate of their motion slightly increased.

The animation shows a sequence of false-color images of the Baltoro Glacier captured by Landsat 5 and 7 from 1991 to 2002.

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This image from NASA Earth Observatory introduces a new international study which found that the movement of glaciers actually slows down as they melt. The purpose of the study, which was led by Amaury Dehecq from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was to gain a better understanding of what regulates the speed of glacial motion. This could help scientists predict how melting glaciers will impact freshwater supplies and sea-level rise. The team analyzed nearly two million pairs of Landsat satellite images captured between 1985 and 2017 and used automatic feature tracking to measure the distance that the glaciers had moved. The results showed that the thinner the glacier, the slower it had flowed. This slowdown can be explained, in part, by gravity. As a glacier loses mass, its gravitational pull is weakened. The scientists noted that in a few cases where glaciers had thickened, the rate of their motion slightly increased. The animation shows a sequence of false-color images of

In northern Russia, dozens of polar bears are terrorizing communities across the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The regional government has declared a state of emergency due to the “mass invasion of polar bears in residential areas,” according to Russian state news agency TASS.

A statement released on Saturday by the regional government said: “Residents, schools and kindergartens are submitting numerous oral and written complaints demanding to ensure safety in the settlement. The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to let the children go to school or kindergarten.” Learn more at EARTH.COM
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In northern Russia, dozens of polar bears are terrorizing communities across the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The regional government has declared a state of emergency due to the “mass invasion of polar bears in residential areas,” according to Russian state news agency TASS. A statement released on Saturday by the regional government said: “Residents, schools and kindergartens are submitting numerous oral and written complaints demanding to ensure safety in the settlement. The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to let the children go to school or kindergarten.” Learn more at EARTH.COM . . . . . #earthdotcom #earth #polarbear #polarbears #ilovepolarbears #polarbearlover #polarbearsofinstagram #bears #savethepolarbears #explore #yourworld

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows widespread flooding across Queensland after rain fell relentlessly for several weeks from January into February.

Flood waters are visible along the myriad rivers that flow toward the Gulf of Carpentaria along the northern coast of Australia.

As the waters started to rise, crocodiles and snakes were spotted roaming the streets and swimming through unusual areas.

According to news reports, farmers were hit exceptionally hard by the flooding, with some losing entire herds of cattle. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of cattle were lost overall. 
This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on February 10.
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Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows widespread flooding across Queensland after rain fell relentlessly for several weeks from January into February. Flood waters are visible along the myriad rivers that flow toward the Gulf of Carpentaria along the northern coast of Australia. As the waters started to rise, crocodiles and snakes were spotted roaming the streets and swimming through unusual areas. According to news reports, farmers were hit exceptionally hard by the flooding, with some losing entire herds of cattle. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of cattle were lost overall. This image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on February 10. . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #photooftheday #picoftheday #instadaily #photography #bestoftheday #image #pictures #nature #photo #photos #earthphotos #nasa #flood #water #australia #animals #wildlife

African mountain gorillas develop long-lasting friendships.

A recent study from The University of Western Australia has revealed that the behavior of African mountain gorillas is strongly influenced by the tight bonds they form within groups. The researchers also that conflict is most likely to involve alpha male gorillas who act as the protectors of their close-knit communities.

The research team found that male gorillas often engaged in aggressive fights to protect their communities. On the other hand, the experts discovered that bonds formed between former group members drastically reduced hostility between the familiar males. Such reunions often led to friendly behavior, such as grooming and playing. . .
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African mountain gorillas develop long-lasting friendships. A recent study from The University of Western Australia has revealed that the behavior of African mountain gorillas is strongly influenced by the tight bonds they form within groups. The researchers also that conflict is most likely to involve alpha male gorillas who act as the protectors of their close-knit communities. The research team found that male gorillas often engaged in aggressive fights to protect their communities. On the other hand, the experts discovered that bonds formed between former group members drastically reduced hostility between the familiar males. Such reunions often led to friendly behavior, such as grooming and playing. . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #animals #wildlife #naturelovers #forest #animallovers #wild #wildanimals #nature #outdoors #animal #animales #animals #gorillas #monkey #africa #animalshots #family #happy #friends #bestfriends #bff #friend #besties #bestfriend

São Paulo, Brazil, home to tens of millions of people who live in the city and its sprawling outskirts, has a major scorpion problem that isn’t going away anytime soon.

A combination of climate change, urban expansion, and poor city sanitation management have all contributed to what is now a widespread yellow scorpion infestation for many rural and urban areas of Brazil. .
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São Paulo, Brazil, home to tens of millions of people who live in the city and its sprawling outskirts, has a major scorpion problem that isn’t going away anytime soon. A combination of climate change, urban expansion, and poor city sanitation management have all contributed to what is now a widespread yellow scorpion infestation for many rural and urban areas of Brazil. . . . . . #earthdotcom #earth #scorpion #scorpions #scorpio #ilovescorpions #scorpionsofinstagram #scorpion🦂 #yellow #yellowscorpion #brazil #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #yourworld

New Zealand is fighting its biggest fire since 1955.

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the northeastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, where wildfires erupted earlier this month.

The Pigeon Valley fire, in particular, has burned more than 5,600 acres and is the country’s largest wildfire since 1955.

As high winds continue to fuel the fires, officials warn that they could continue into March. Thousands of people have been evacuated.

This natural-color image was captured on February 7, 2019, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8
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New Zealand is fighting its biggest fire since 1955. Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the northeastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, where wildfires erupted earlier this month. The Pigeon Valley fire, in particular, has burned more than 5,600 acres and is the country’s largest wildfire since 1955. As high winds continue to fuel the fires, officials warn that they could continue into March. Thousands of people have been evacuated. This natural-color image was captured on February 7, 2019, by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 . . . . #earth #earthdotcom #planetearth #photooftheday #picoftheday #instadaily #photography #bestoftheday #image #pictures #nature #photo #photos #earthphotos #europe #fire #smoke #wildfire #nasa #wind #landsat

Verge of extinction: How efforts to save the vaquita backfired.

A friend of mine is a natural history sculptor.  Recently he showed me some life-like sculptures of a little-known porpoise – the vaquita, a quite small species native only to the northern part of the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California). The Vaquita is quite striking as a real animal or even as a statue. The little animal is colored in subtle shades of grey slightly reminiscent of an orca but larger females only reach a length of about 55.4 inches and males an average length of 53.1 inches.  Not only is their size small, but the NOAA reports that they have the smallest range of any marine mammal in the world and have a population of less than 30 individuals. 
The dwindling number of vaquitas is the result of a small population isolated in a small geographic area pushed hard by dangerous fishing practices.  According to the NOAA, the vaquita populations was approximately 567 individuals in 1997 but has declined by over 95% to its low point today. .
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Verge of extinction: How efforts to save the vaquita backfired. A friend of mine is a natural history sculptor. Recently he showed me some life-like sculptures of a little-known porpoise – the vaquita, a quite small species native only to the northern part of the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California). The Vaquita is quite striking as a real animal or even as a statue. The little animal is colored in subtle shades of grey slightly reminiscent of an orca but larger females only reach a length of about 55.4 inches and males an average length of 53.1 inches. Not only is their size small, but the NOAA reports that they have the smallest range of any marine mammal in the world and have a population of less than 30 individuals. The dwindling number of vaquitas is the result of a small population isolated in a small geographic area pushed hard by dangerous fishing practices. According to the NOAA, the vaquita populations was approximately 567 individuals in 1997 but has

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