A First: Conjoined Gray Whales
But the underdeveloped calves don't survive birth
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2014 6:08 PM CST
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(Newser) – Mexican scientists have made a fascinating, if a little sad, discovery in a Baja California lagoon: conjoined gray whales. Unfortunately, the twin calves were dead, and scientists think they were miscarried before full term. While conjoined twins have been seen in other whale species, this is the first recorded case for gray whales, according to a report in the West Australian.

Researchers took the carcass for study, noting that it was only about 7 feet long, about half the length of a normal-sized calf, reports io9. It's not clear what happened to the mother whale. More images of the calves can be seen at the Guerrero Negro Verde Facebook page. Gray whales typically arrive at the Baja California peninsula this time of year from the Arctic, notes a post at PeteThomasOutdoors.com. It's a breeding ground before the trip home.

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KDickley
Jan 8, 2014 4:28 PM CST
Humans have been dumping waste into all the oceans for hundreds of years, much of it radioactive.
tpvero
Jan 8, 2014 4:15 AM CST
So now we know what all the radioactive waste dumped into the ocean and the leak at Fukushima is doing.
JesusLovesSomeOfYou
Jan 7, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Is "home" to migrating animals place of birth?