Fisherman Nitin Patil caught a two-headed child shark off the coast of Maharashtra in India. He launched the 6-inch marine animal again into the water.
Talking to the Hindustan Instances, Patill stated: ‘We don’t eat such small fish, particularly sharks, so I assumed it was unusual however determined to throw it anyway.’
The 2-headed shark is believed to be the primary catch of its form from the 724km stretch of coast.
A fellow fisherman, Umesh Palekar, who was with Patill defined that the pictures had been shared with researchers from the Indian Council for Agricultural Analysis – Central Marine Fisheries Analysis Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) in Mumbai.
A scientist from the institute, stated Dr Akhilesh, stated that the species was both a spadnose shark or a sharpnose shark embryo, in line with Hindustan Instances. Each of those animals happen within the Maharashtra waters.
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The heads of the 2 sharks are joined behind the gills which is a uncommon prevalence in line with Dr Akhilesh.
‘These are additionally known as dicephaly. This phenomenon is reported in a number of animal species together with sharks, presumably attributable to mutation or some other embryonic malformation, issues, and these are very uncommon experiences. Comparable instances are reported elsewhere exterior the northern Indian Ocean. These supplies must be preserved out of scientific curiosity,’ stated Dr Akhilesh.
‘There are hardly any documentations of this species as adults. This discovering is only an aberration. We can not attribute it to any actual motive. It’s commonly seen for snake species or conjoined or Siamese twins in people. In most instances, they don’t survive past the juvenile stage, however it positively opens up an avenue for a lot wanted analysis,’ stated E Vivekanandan an emeritus scientist from ICAR-CMFRI to Hindustan Instances.