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Two-headed sea turtle found in South Carolina

August 30, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments



Mutations like this are rare. Image Credit: Facebook / Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island
A sea turtle monitoring group discovered the unusual hatchling on a beach on Hilton Head Island on Tuesday.
The rare two-headed loggerhead turtle, which was found during a nest inventory, is thought to be the result of a random genetic mutation.

The researchers who found it have named the two heads Squirt and Crush.

"We thought we had seen it all during this very busy season on Sea Turtle Patrol!" they wrote. "Yesterday on patrol during a nest inventory this bicephalic hatchling was discovered."
"This mutation is more common in reptiles than in other animals but it is still very rare. As with other live hatchlings found during a nest inventory, this hatchling was released to the ocean."

Sadly it is not thought that the hatchling will live very long due to its mutation.

"It couldn't really swim," said marine biologist Amber Kuehn. "One head governed one side (of the turtle's body) on the front, and other head governed the other flipper. They weren't working together."



Source: CBS Local | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pixiii 3 years ago
Aww this is sad. Poor little thing.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
I always think it's sad to see any wildlife with two heads.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Fodder for the rest of the ecosystem...
Comment icon #4 Posted by pixiii 3 years ago
Yes I suppose that's right. The cycle of life and things die and then it all happens over again. I just felt sad for the poor little thing, especially when they said it couldn't swim well as both sides worked independently of each other. I have more sympathy for wildlife than humans these days, the way humans treat each other.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Almighty Evan 3 years ago
Two-headed sea turtle found in South Carolina It couldn't really swim," said marine biologist Amber Kuehn. "One head governed one side (of the turtle's body) on the front, and other head governed the other flipper. They weren't working together. These are two sea turtles, dicephalic parapagus twins. We do not call Abigail and Brittany Hensel a "two-headed human". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_and_Brittany_Hensel
Comment icon #6 Posted by Twisted_Caulk 3 years ago
Heyyyyy its Franklin. *slaps knee to banjo* Comin' over to playyyy.


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