The sea has always been a source of mystery, fear, curiosity and admiration, so it’s perfectly understandable for people to shout ‘sea monster!’ the moment anything weird washes up on shore.
- But what qualifies a creature being a sea monster though?
- Isn’t a great white shark a sea monster?
Regardless of what you think qualifies as a monster, what scientists found back in December 2013 was definitely a creature no one had ever seen before.
Take a look at these pictures and just try and guess what this thing might be.
This creature washed ashore on Mexico’s Laguna Ojo de Liebre which is host to a lot of different, amazing aquatic life.
When it was brought to scientists’ attention and they showed up to collect it, they were puzzled as to what the creature could be.
As much as we fear monsters, a lot of people want to believe in them because it adds an extra dimension of fantasy to our reality.
It is exciting to think that there are undiscovered creatures, friendly or not, waiting to be found and studied sharing this earth with us and the scientists who found this creature thought they may have stumbled upon just that.
Researchers in Mexico’s Laguna Ojo Liebre realized the creature was actually dead siamese whale twins on shore and believe they were abandoned because of their disability.
Although conjoined twins have been seen in other sea creatures, this may be the first case of gray whale twins that we know of.
American Cetacean Society researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger says that the twins appeared to be severely underdeveloped. In fact, they said there was reason to believe that whale twins may have been stillborn, which may have also caused the death of the mother.
The conjoined whale’s body was collected for study. In fact, the only reason this photo is online is because a man named Guerrero Negro Verde saw the whale before it was taken away by researchers, took a picture and uploaded it to Facebook with the caption: ‘Unfortunately, the specimen died. Its survival was very difficult.’