Skip to comments.Scientists find conjoined gray whale calves in Baja California lagoon; discovery could be a first
Posted on 01/06/2014 4:10:23 PM PST by Gamecock
Scientists in Mexico's Laguna Ojo de Liebre, or Scammon's Lagoon, on Sunday discovered conjoined gray whale calves.
It might be the first documented case of Siamese twin gray whales. (Conjoined twins have occurred in other species, such as fin, sei and minke whales. A database search at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County did not reveal published instances of conjoined gray whale twins.)
Unfortunately, the twins discovered in Scammon's Lagoon did not survive. Most likely, they were miscarried because the carcass is only about seven feet long, versus the normal 12-16 feet for newborn gray whales.
Gray whales are arriving in Scammon's Lagoon and other lagoons along the Baja California peninsula, after a nearly 6,000-mile journey from Arctic home waters. They give birth during the southbound journey, or in the lagoons, and nurse their calves for several weeks before migrating back to the Bering and Chukchi seas.
NOAA estimates the Pacific gray whale population to number about 21,000 animals.
A world renowned marine biologist is en-route to investigate.
Could it be because of Fukishima radiation exposure?
Fire up the BBQ!
Probably that Titleist did it.
It seems like it would be nearly impossible for them to survive even if they were brought to term and born alive. Their blowholes are pointing opposite directions so they’d compete for breathing and their odd shape would make it impossible to feed without assistance. Bizarre and sad.
You're probably thinking of this:
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