A rare discovery was found off of the shore of Mexico, in the Scammon’s Lagoon, on Sunday, January 5, when scientists discovered twin conjoined whale calves. Sadly, the calves did not survive, but their discovery is very important to the world of science, as they may be the first documented case of conjoined gray whale calves.
Alisa Schulman-Janiger, with the American Cetacean Society, said that it is likely that the calves were miscarried and underdeveloped. She revealed that the normal length for a newborn grey whale is approximately twelve to sixteen feet, and the calves that the scientists discovered only measured seven feet.
Scientists have removed the carcasses from the lagoon, and are planning on studying them further. Images of the whales were posted on the Guerrero Negro Verde Facebook page, with the translated statement: “Unfortunately, the specimen died. Its survival was very difficult.”