They say two heads are better than one, but it’s unclear if this applies to sharks.
On Friday, Nitin Patil, a fisherman from Palghar, India, caught a six-inch baby shark that had two heads.
“We don’t eat such small fish, especially sharks, so I thought it was weird, but I decided to throw it anyway,” Patil told the Hindustan Times on Monday.
But before throwing the shark back into the sea, Patil took several photos of the creature, which have since been posted on Twitter.
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Another fisherman who saw the little two-headed shark, Umesh Palekar, told the Hindustan Times that the photos were shared with researchers to try and get to the bottom where the sharks came from.
“We have never seen anything like it before,” Palekar told the newspaper. “We believe that one of the largest sharks may have given birth to this two-headed shark baby.”
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Scientists from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) in Mumbai, told the agency that the discovery could be the first time a two-headed shark has been seen on the coast of Maharashtra in India. .
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Dr Akhilesh KV, an ICAR-CMFRI scientist, told the Hindustan Times that the shark looks like it could be a sword shark or a sharp-nosed shark.
“Both are viviparous and are common in Maharashtra waters,” Akhilesh said.
Viviparous means “young live birth that has developed inside the parent’s body,” the paper wrote.
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Marine biologist Swapnil Tandel told the Hindustan Times that the deformity could have several causes.
“These findings are so rare that it is difficult to find a cause for the anomaly,” said Tandel. “Genetic or metabolic disorders, viruses, pollution or overfishing could be the possible reasons.”
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