Photos And Video: Mexican Fishermen Found Conjoined Gray Whale Calves

This handout photo released on January 7, 2014 by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas shows two conjoined gray whale calves at the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, in Los Cabos resort, state of Baja California, Mexico, on January 5, 2014. (HO, AFPGetty Images / January 7, 2014) Image credit to Orlando Sentinel.
This handout photo released on January 7, 2014 by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas shows two conjoined gray whale calves at the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, in Los Cabos resort, state of Baja California, Mexico, on January 5, 2014. (HO, AFPGetty Images / January 7, 2014) Image credit to Orlando Sentinel.

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

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, or CONANP. 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.

Fishermen have found two 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 found in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon (HO, AFPGetty Images / January 7, 2014). Image credit to Orlando Sentinel.
Fishermen have found two 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 found in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon (HO, AFPGetty Images / January 7, 2014). Image credit to Orlando Sentinel.

Shocking Video Of Giant Sinkhole Swallowing Houses In Rio Slum

Terrifying: Residents in a town in the north of Brazil screamed in horror as they watched their homes disappear into massive sink holes on the weekend. MailOnline.
Terrifying: Residents in a town in the north of Brazil screamed in horror as they watched their homes disappear into massive sink holes on the weekend. MailOnline.

Mail Online reported that:

“Residents in a town in the north of Brazil screamed in horror as they watched their homes disappear into massive sink holes on the weekend. “

The CCTV footage below shows how a giant sinkhole, which is reportedly caused by water erosion, opened up and swallowed house after house the city of Abaetetuba, in the northern state of Para in Brazil.

Please watch the video closely to see how panic residents frantically running to a house on the right of the screen as a woman on the first floor resorted to desperate measures by throwing her child out of a window. 

The child was caught and was quickly carried away by helpers.

The neighbours then brought a ladder to the house to help the woman escaped just before the building was swallowed into the sinkhole.

Luckily, nobody was injured in the disaster.

The area was affected by the erosion borders the Maracatuíra river, which runs through the town.

According to environmental experts who have been inspecting the area, the construction of houses close to the river and the uncontrolled growth of the neighbourhood are at the root of the problem, and are the main cause of the tragedy.

The removal of vegetation from the an area close to the banks affects the soils rate of absorption. 

Water that would have previously infiltrated tree and plant roots is no longer absorbed naturally and with nowhere to go soaks into and begins to erode the earth.