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As well as land mammals and birds, there are astonishing numbers of dolphins, whales, and porpoises dying out because of fishermen illegally fishing for these animals and also because of nets for mass fishing getting tangled with the fins and tails of these graceful animals. Many species of manatees, seals, and walruses are also being slaughtered by recreation such as motorboating, cruising, and many others. Some of these animals are simply killed for their delicate fur and meat. We will tell you, just how much we have affected the lives of these animals.

Vaquita Porpoise, Phocoena sinus
http://www.whaletrackers.com/vaquita/vaquita-fact-sheet/
http://www.whaletrackers.com/vaquita/vaquita-fact-sheet/
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Vaquita porpoise caught in a net.
The Vaquita Porpoise is a beautiful and graceful animal of the water. It is found in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) but sadly, they are becoming increasingly harder to find. This porpoise is now the most endangered species of cetacean in the world. If nothing is done to save these creatures, they will eventually become functionally extinct, just like its relative, the Baiji Dolphin. Vaquita Porpoises have become endangered due to accidental encounters during fishing, as shown on the left.



Blue Whale, Balaenoptera musculus
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http://myanimalblog.wordpress.com/2008/02/18/blue-whale/
The Blue Whale is the largest animal to ever have existed on earth, even larger than the dinosaurs. These extraordinary creatures grow up to 30 meters long and weigh about 3 tons. They live in all the oceans of the world, however, in the 12th century, the number of whales in the ocean was greatly depleted. The reason is whaling. Many parts of a whale's body was used to make medicine, oil, makeup, and soap. Whales breed more slowly than most animals and they were unable to recover the lost number of whales. Sadly, the blue whale is one of the species of whale yet to fully recover. Thanks to the banning of commercial whaling and special organizations to help these creatures, the number of blue whales on earth are slowly increasing. Now, all they need is your support.

Mediterranean Monk Seal, Monachus monachus
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http://gvc03c17.virtualclassroom.org/italy/monk%20seal.htm
This seal is thought to be one of the most endangered mammals on the earth. As its name implies, it lives in the Mediterranean Sea, but also in the Atlantic Ocean, and even the Tropic of Cancer. It is characterized by its black or dark grey fur, and it has no ears. A Monk Seal also has a short, broad snout and long nostrils that turn upwards. They were once found in the Sea of Marmama but it has died out due to pollution, and heavy ship traffic. They were also hunted for some time because of damage done to fishing nets near the oceans where this animal lives, not for population control but most likely for revenge. This seal has had many more troubles and faced many hardships in its time and has been unable to recover after these deaths. There are a few organizations dedicated to preserving this mammal, and you can help too. Don't let this beautiful animal die out!