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Conjoined whale calves: Baby gray whales discovered in Mexico

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Conjoined whale calves are rare, but a researcher in Mexico allegedly discovered what may be the first documented case of conjoined gray whales. Sadly, the twin whale calves were already dead when they were found Sunday, according to a Jan. 7 Business Insider news report.

A gray whale with two heads and two tails was found in Mexico's Laguna Ojo de Liebre along the Baja California peninsula. The calf carcass measured about 7-feet in length, instead of the 12 to 16-feet for newborn calves of this species. This led scientist, Jesus Gomez, to believe the gray whale was born prematurely or stillborn.

Conjoined whales or Siamese whales have never been logged in records. However, attached animal species have been found in order aquatic life.

Gomez believes the conjoined whale calves were likely stillborn in the lagoon, which a popular breeding ground. Typically, gray whales travel some 6,000 miles from their Arctic homes to give birth in the warmer waters.

As BI wrote,

According to a translation on the Guerrero Negro Verde Facebook page, the director of the Ojo de Liebre reserve in Guerrero Negro said the phenomenon of Siamese calves is already being studied, and they have taken the carcass out of the water for further investigation.

The conjoined whale calves will be studied likely to learn more about the species, the ecosystem, environmental effects, and birth defects in the animal kingdom.


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