Baja California: ‘Two-headed’ Whale Found in Mexico (+Video, Photos)
Baja California: ‘Two-headed’ Whale Found in Mexico (+Video, Photos)

Gray whale calves were found in Mexico’s Scammon’s Lagoon (Laguna Ojo de Liebre) over the weekend, surprising locals. It might be the first discovery of conjoined gray whales ever.

Researchers at Guerrero Negro Verde, an organization that works to protect wildlife, documented the Siamese gray whales, whose bodies remained conjoined after birth.

“Unfortunately the specimen died,” it said.

José Carlos Cota Osuna, a delegate of Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, told Cabovision that scientists are studying the phenomenon. They plan to bury the whales and later dig up the bones to study them.

 

A search of the database at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County did not turn up results for published instances of conjoined gray whale twins, according to the blog Pete Thomas Outdoors.

Alisa Schulman-Janiger, an American Cetacean Society researcher, noted that the twins were underdeveloped and said that indicated a premature birth.

While some conspiracy websites are claiming a “Fuku mutation,” or a connection to Fukushima radiation, there is no indication of any connection.

Gray whales are arriving at lagoons along the Baja California peninsula around this time of year, and sometimes give birth during the journey.

  • rg9rts

    Didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to chime in,did it?

    • Ashara Jade

      everything is fine, please return to your beer and tv.

      • rg9rts

        Too bad you have neither

  • Guest

    Well, something to look forward to on our Baja cruise this February.

  • http://VacationSoonerNOW.com/ VacationSoonerNOW

    Well, there’s something else to look forward to on our $69 cruise this February. Good thing I don’t do the ocean.

  • HeyJude

    It happens in nature all the time, the fact that it’s whales just seems odd because it’s not something we get to see as a rule. When it happens farther out at sea, they die and sink.
    Why in the world are they burying the whales, to then dig up later to study? That can’t be the best way to preserve the specimen, it will likely destroy a lot of information!

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