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Conjoined grey whale calves found in Mexico.

  • Associated Press in Mexico City  Thursday 9th January 2014.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/09/conjoined-grey-whale-calves-found-mexico

The twins were found alive by fishermen on the Baja California peninsula but lived only a few hours.

Conjoined gray whale calves

Conjoined gray whale calves lie dead on a beach inside the Ojo de Liebre lagoon. Photograph: AP

Fishermen in Mexico have found rare conjoined grey whale calves that died shortly after being born.

Benito Bermudez, a marine biologist, says the whales were found alive in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon in the Baja California peninsula but lived only a few hours.

Link to video: Conjoined whale calves found in MexicoBermudez said they were linked at the waist, with two full heads and tail fins.

Bermudez works with the National Natural Protected Areas Commission.

Conjoined whale calves

The whales were linked at the waist, with two full heads and tail fins. Photograph: APHe said scientists were collecting samples of skin, muscle and baleen – the mammals’ filter-feeder system – for research purposes.Every year more than 20,000 grey whales swim to Mexico from Alaska to mate and give birth.

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