Two-headed dolphin washes up in Izmir, Turkey

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Here’s something you don’t see every day – a double-headed dolphin! This week the two-headed immature dolphin washed ashore in Turkey, where a sports coach alerted authorities.

Tugrul Metin told Daily Mail that he thought his eyes were playing tricks on him when he saw the conjoined two-headed dolphin floating off the coast of Izmir, but once he was convinced that was he saw was indeed a double-headed dolphin, he called the police.

Currently undergoing lab testing, the double-headed dolphin had two heads attached to one body. Local news reports suggest that one eye and one blowhole were not open.

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Live Science notes that the rare condition of having more than one head is called polycephaly is caused when an embryo incompletely divides to form two separate individuals.

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At just three-feet, the mammal is roughly one-year-old.

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Associate professor Mehmet Gokoglu from the marine-biology department at the Ak Deniz University told Daily Mail that he relished an opportunity to study the dolphin.

“Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence,” he said. “Similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins.”

 

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