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Conjoined Whales: Twin Gray Whales Found Off Mexico Coast

Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 01:22 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Scientists discovered the 7-foot-long carcass of a set of conjoined whale twins off the coast of Mexico over the weekend and experts say it could be the first ever recorded instance of Siamese gray whales.

The stillborn conjoined twins were found Sunday floating in the waters of Mexico's Laguna Ojo de Liebre or Scammon's Lagoon, the Daily Mail reported.

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"It might be the first documented case of Siamese twin gray whales," wildlife blogger Pete Thomas wrote on his website. "Conjoined twins have occurred in other species, such as fin, sei, and minke whales. A database search at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County did not reveal published instances of conjoined gray whale twins."

The carcass was collected to be studied, according to the Daily Mail, which noted that the whales probably died because they were severely underdeveloped.

"Most likely, they were miscarried because the carcass is only about 7 feet long, versus the normal 12-16 feet for newborn gray whales," Thomas wrote on his blog.

The scientists believe the birth may have also killed the mother.

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