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Scientists find conjoined gray whale calves in Baja California lagoon; discovery could be a first
Peter Thomas Outdoors ^ | Peter Thomas

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: antinuketroll; bajacalifornia; graywhale; mexico; pacific; pacificgraywhale; whale


1 posted on 01/06/2014 4:10:23 PM PST by Gamecock
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

A world renowned marine biologist is en-route to investigate.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 4:11:56 PM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: Gamecock

Could it be because of Fukishima radiation exposure?


3 posted on 01/06/2014 4:15:24 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Gamecock; null and void; Revolting cat!
I wanna see one of these Plierfish battling a giant Hammerhead in a movie.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 4:28:11 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Gamecock

Fire up the BBQ!


5 posted on 01/06/2014 4:32:59 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: a fool in paradise; Red Badger; AceMineral; Aevery_Freeman; Alex Murphy; Altariel; NeoCaveman; ...

Or maybe...


6 posted on 01/06/2014 4:35:16 PM PST by null and void (It is as if they all had one head. Too bad they don’t all have one neck.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Probably that Titleist did it.

Thanks Gamecock.


7 posted on 01/06/2014 4:55:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Gamecock
"The sea was angry that day, my friends.."
8 posted on 01/06/2014 4:57:00 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Gamecock

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.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 5:02:40 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: GraceG
Could it be because of Fukishima radiation exposure?

You're probably thinking of this:


10 posted on 01/06/2014 5:14:14 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Gamecock
Their Song
11 posted on 01/06/2014 5:42:11 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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