Two heads are said to be better than one, but it is not clear if this applies to sharks.
On Friday, Nitin Patil, a fisherman from Palgar, India, caught a six-inch baby shark with two heads.
“We don’t eat such small fish, especially sharks, so I thought it was weird, but I decided to throw it away,” Patil told the Hindustan Times on Monday.
But before throwing the shark back into the sea, Patil took several pictures of the creature, which have since been posted on Twitter.
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Another fisherman who saw the tiny two-headed shark, Umesh Palekar, told the Hindustan Times that the photos were shared with researchers to try to get to the bottom of where the sharks came from.
“We have never seen anything like this before,”
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Researchers from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research – Central Research Institute for Marine Fisheries (ICAR-CMFRI) in Mumbai, told the store that the discovery may be the first case in which a two-headed shark was spotted off the coast of Maharashtra in India.
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Dr Akhilesh KV, an ICAR-CMFRI scientist, told the Hindustan Times that the shark appeared to be a spadenosis shark or a shark shark.
“Both are lively and are common in the waters of Maharashtra,” Achilles said.
Live birth means “the birth of living young that have developed in the parent’s body,” the newspaper said.
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Marine biologist Swapnil Tandel told the Hindustan Times that the deformation could have several causes.
“These findings are so rare that it is difficult to find a cause for the anomaly,” Tandel said. “Genetic or metabolic disorders, viruses, pollution or overfishing may be possible causes.”
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