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Another of the sculptures along the Malecón in La Paz, "Vaquitas Marinas" is often mistaken for "mere dolphins," but these are "vaquitas," a type of porpoise that is one of the most endangered species of cetaceans. There are several castings of this work (one is at the zoo in Chapultepec in Mexico City), but it is particularly at home in La Paz, as the "Vaquita Marina" is one of the emblems of the city, and the Gulf of California is their home.

The patina in this bronze is wonderful. In the daylight, it takes on the sea-blue that you see here. At night, it goes quite golden. I've added a blurred night-time shot (hand-held when I should have used a tripod) to show its look after dark.

In the background is the "Spirit of Yorktown," a small cruise ship operated by Cruise West. La Paz is not on the itineraries of many cruise lines, and the larger ships must dock at a deeper harbor north of town, Pichilingue, from whence buses shuttle the tourists into town. Smaller ships (and some amazing super yachts) can sail on into the city's harbor and dock at the Muelle Fiscal, as the Spirit of Yorktown has done here.

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