"Double-headed lake trout" may sound like a mythical marine animal, but obviously the creature is real and can be found in New York. A woman who fished on Lake Champlain on the New York-Vermont border landed on a trout with two mouths last week. The fish was caught by Debbie Gedes. Knotty Boys Fishing, a local racing fishing team, shared a snapshot of the bizarre fish on Facebook, both terrifying and mystifying to social media users.
"Two-headed trout lake caught by colleague Debbie Gedes a few days ago on Lake Champlain," a member of the Knotty Boys team working with Geddes wrote on Facebook.
Some commentators shared their own pictures of two-headed fish – apparently they are not unheard of. While some people have claimed to have seen double-headed fish before, others believe the fish in the photo has no two mouths and looks deformed by injury.
Adam Fakto, a member of the Knotty Boys team, told CBS News that their bill for double-headed fish is "certainly" true. As for the doubters, "Theories are crazy. Injuries. A genetic defect. The Simpsons," Fakto told CBS News in a release.
While the fish looked ghostly, it is not a monster. But legend has it, Lake Champlain has one of them. Like the Loch Ness monster, Lake Champlain has long been rumored to have its marine creature, nicknamed Champ.
Visitors to Lake Champlain claim to have seen Champ since the 1800s, and the tale is well known in the area.
In the diary of the explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609 he even mentions a huge and unusual creature. He said he heard from tribes in the area that some of these fierce fish, with "double row very sharp, dangerous teeth," could grow up to 10 feet in length.