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Two-headed porpoise caught in the North Sea

By T.K. Randall
June 15, 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)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 6 years ago
And i'll bet it tastes twice a good.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Unfortunately 6 years ago
Lol! That's horrible but funny†
Comment icon #3 Posted by RoofGardener 6 years ago
It's all very well, but what poipurse does it serve ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by danielost 6 years ago
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 6 years ago
They didn't. †
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Silver Thong 6 years ago
I feel sorry for momma
Comment icon #7 Posted by eddword 6 years ago
how about some twushi
Comment icon #8 Posted by Captain Risky 6 years ago
...prolly has a natural advantage.
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 6 years ago
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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