Fishermen have found conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as “exceptionally rare.” The four-meter (13-foot) long siamese whales were dead when they were discovered in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, which opens to the Pacific Ocean in the Baja California peninsula. Could this be connected to radioactive water being dumped into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear plant?
Scientists are examining the whales and plan to look for any other cases in the gray whale‘s natural sanctuaries off Baja California.
Every winter, hundreds of gray whales migrate from thenatural sanctuaries to the warmer waters of Baja California, attracting tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the huge mamals.
Nearly 1,200 gray whales were spotted in the region in the 2012-2013 season.