Fishermen in India caught a newborn two headed spade nose shark on their daily fishing spree. Not realizing how rare it was, they threw it back because it looked weird and they don’t eat sharks.
Two headed sharks feel like nothing but a segment of the big screen especially after the beasts we saw in the movies Jaw 1 and Jaw 2. However, over the past few years, more and more two headed sharks are showing up, according to scientists.
The most recent incident happened in the waters off Maharashtra in western India when a fisherman Nitin Patel dragged up the mutant fish with two heads. Since the baby shark was still alive, Patel threw it back into the waters.
Fortunately, taken aback by the weirdness, he took a few pictures.
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“We do not eat such small fish, especially sharks, so I thought it was strange but decided to throw it anyway.”
Another fisherman Umesh Palekar said,
“We have never seen anything like this before. We believe one of the larger sharks may have given birth to this double-headed shark baby.”
This is not the first spotting in the Indian waters. Dr. Akhilesh from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute said that there were two other times when something similar was reported.
“It's a rare report for India. A similar two-headed shark was reported from Gujarat in 1964, and another in 1991 from Karnataka. Others could have been observed, but were not photographed or collected.”
Another marine biologist Swapnil Tandel, while explaining the phenomenon said,
“These finds are so rare that it is difficult to find a cause for the anomaly. Genetic or metabolic disorders, viruses, pollution or overfishing could be the possible reasons.”
Unfortunately, by the looks of it, the creature’s odds of surviving are not really good. According to Dr. Akhilesh,
“One head's eyes were deformed and there were two first dorsal fins. It's a very rare chance. All the similar two headed sharks were either embryos or newborns.”
As far as cases around the world are concerned, National Geographic reports that a couple of years ago Florida, fishermen hauled in a bull shark whose uterus contained a two-headed fetus. At another instant in 2008, a fisherman discovered a two-headed blue shark embryo in the Indian Ocean.
Since scientists are not very sure what cases the mutation, we don’t know if adult two headed sharks exist in the depths of water. Only time will tell.
Article and Image Source: Daily Mail