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Two-headed porpoise caught in the North Sea

Posted on Thursday, 15 June, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments
Discovered off the coast of the Netherlands, the specimen is the first of its kind ever found.
Rather than a single animal with two heads, the find is actually likely to be two conjoined porpoises - a case of what is known as 'partial twinning' or parapagus dicephalus to give it its full scientific name.

The condition is in fact so rare that this is actually only the tenth known case of conjoined twins in any species of cetacean ( a group of animals which include whales and dolphins ).

"The anatomy of cetaceans is strikingly different from terrestrial mammals with adaptations for living in the sea as a mammal," said study co-author Erwin Kompanje. "Much is unknown. Adding any extra case to the known nine specimens brings more knowledge on this aspect."

Source: New Scientist | Comments (9)

Tags: Porpoise, Netherlands

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 14 June, 2017, 20:53
And i'll bet it tastes twice a good.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Unfortunately on 15 June, 2017, 7:26
Lol! That's horrible but funny 
Comment icon #3 Posted by RoofGardener on 15 June, 2017, 13:26
It's all very well, but what poipurse does it serve ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by danielost on 15 June, 2017, 14:30
such an animal would probable drawn early in life or eaten by sharks.  for a full grown animal to survive like this it is a miracle.  to bad the fisherman killed it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters on 15 June, 2017, 18:47
They didn't.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Silver Thong on 15 June, 2017, 19:12
I feel sorry for momma
Comment icon #7 Posted by eddword on 15 June, 2017, 23:29
how about some twushi
Comment icon #8 Posted by Captain Risky on 16 June, 2017, 1:48
...prolly has a natural advantage.
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 on 16 June, 2017, 13:24
Amazing adaptability. Two brains using O2 must limit submersions. Seems it would have had to have a lot of support from its pod in order to survive.

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