Conjoined Whale Calves Found In LagoonBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - January 8, 2014
Every now and then nature produces something remarkable, something we’ve never seen before. When we encounter one of these creatures, we are often overwhelmed with questions and curious to learn more about it. A recent discovery of two conjoined whale calves has scientists excited and curious at the same time.
The conjoined carcass washed up on the beaches of the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, in Baja California, Mexico a few days ago. The bodies were smaller than normal full term Gray whale fetuses and scientists are not sure if they were born prematurely or smaller because the mother was unable to provide enough nutrients for them both to grow to full size.
Gray whales usually only have one calf, but other whale species are known to have Siamese twins or conjoined twins. Scientists say that whales are made to only have one baby and on rare occasions when conjoined babies are born, they do no survive.
Researchers believe that the calves were delivered early by the mother and say that a smooth delivery of the pair would have been nearly impossible. They were unable to find the mother and are not sure if she survived the delivery or not.
The whales calves measured between 7 and 10 feet tall and are likely the only documented case of conjoined Gray whale twins.
Scientists are currently studying Siamese twin whales of various species and removed the newly found carcass from the water so it could be studied. They are hoping to learn more about the phenomenon and maybe someday find living conjoined twin whales.
What do you think of this amazing discovery?
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