'Very rare': Two-headed shark baffles fisherman

Yahoo News Staff
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A rare two-headed shark has baffled fishermen and scientists alike.

Nitin Patil, from Satpati in India’s Mumbai, found the two-headed baby spadenose shark while fishing on Saturday (local time), local news outlet Maha MTB reported.

Mr Patil told the Hindustan Times he threw the shark back after catching it and called the find “strange”.

Yahoo News Australia contacted a number of marine experts who said they had not come across two-headed sharks before.

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Dr Akhilesh KV, a scientist for Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, told the Times “double-headed sharks are very rarely reported along the Indian coast”.

E Vivekanandan, another scientist with CMFRI, added it was unlikely the shark would have survived.

He compared it to how some snakes and reptiles can be born with two heads.

Pictured is a stock image of a shark with a swimmer in the water.
A stock image of a shark with a diver. Source: Getty Images

The condition is known as dicephalic parapagus and is a rare form of conjoined twins where two heads are present on the torso of one body.

A two-headed turtle was found in the US last year while a copperhead snake with two heads was found in 2018.

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