5 Scientists discovered the bodies of two conjoined gray whale calves floating in Laguna Ojo de Liebre, a coastal lagoon located near the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.
It’s not unheard of in large whales to have Siamese twins, but even if conjoined whale calves managed to make it to full term, it’s doubtful they would ever survive. The calves would have to come to the surface to breathe, and depending on where they’re joined, that might not be possible.
Some are concerned that these conjoined gray whale calves are a harbinger of the radiation making its way across the Pacific from the Fukushima power plant in Japan, but scientist had the tissues of stranded marine mammals tested for radiation and confirmed no evidence of radiation poisoning. The bodies of these two gray whale calves were pretty sizable, and there’s a fair chance the mother was trying to deliver them and couldn’t. Researchers who made the find in Mexico didn’t spot the mother, so it’s unclear whether she survived or not.