January 9

Mexican fishermen find conjoined gray whale calves

The whales were found alive but lived only a few hours.

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government says fishermen found two rare conjoined gray whale calves that died shortly after being born.

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These photos released by Mexico’s National Natural Protected Areas Commission shows the front side of two conjoined gray whale calves’ caracasses, and bottom, the back side of the carcasses, on a beach in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, near the town of Guerrero Negro in the Baja Peninsula, Mexico.

The Associated Press

Biologist Benito Bermudez says the whales were found alive in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon in the Baja California Peninsula but lived only a few hours.

Bermudez said Wednesday they were linked at the waist, with two full heads and tail fins.

Bermudez is a marine biologist with the National Natural Protected Areas Commission. He said scientists are collecting skin, muscle and baleen samples to study the creatures.

Every year more than 20,000 gray whales swim to Mexico from Alaska to mate and give birth.

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