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Exceptionally Rare Conjoined Whales discovered

Jan 9, 2014 12:12 IST

Fishermen found a conjoined gray whale calves in the lagoon in Baja California in second week of January 2014 as per the Mexican officials. The discovery of the conjoined gray whale is exceptional and rare. This discovery is exceptional because till date any precedent of such a whale has not been found.

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The whale was found alive in the lagoon of Ojo de Liebre, which opens to the Pacific Ocean in the Baja California peninsula but it died shortly after birth according a government biologist. It’s predicted by the death was due to parapagus malformation. Conjoined twinning has been reported in other mammals, which includes birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles, but it is rare in whales.

The Siamese whales found were four meter long and weighed a half. The whales were linked at the waist with two full heads and tail fins. The gray whales swim towards south from Bering Sea of Alaska to Mexico for warmer water, where they mate and give birth. They swim towards the warmer water because it eases the birthing process as believed.

The discovery of these whales has been for the first time, since the process of conducting the whales began in 1985. The discovery has been verified by an official from the National Natural Protected Areas Commission (CONAP) during his visit. At present, the scientists and researchers have collected skin, muscle and baleen samples of the creature for study and would look forward for other case in the gray whale’s natural sanctuaries at Baja California. In 2012-13 seasons about 1200 gray whales have been spotted in the region.


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