The Brink of Extinction: The Most Endangered Animals in the World


You’ve probably never seen one of these cartoonish looking porpoises in person before and thanks to illegal fishing operations in the Gulf of California, you may never get the chance to. The vaquita is the world’s smallest cetacean and can only be found in the narrow body of water between the Baja California Peninsula and the mainland of Mexico.

Sadly, for the vaquita, it lives in close proximity to totoabas, a rare endangered fish that is known to fetch a high price on the Chinese black market. In casting nets to catch the totoabas, illegal fisherman often catch vaquitas, which has reduced the total population so drastically that experts say there are just 30 left, making it the most endangered marine animal in the world.



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Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…