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‘Double-headed shark baby’ leaves fishermen stunned

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The two-headed creature measured about 15 centimeters and scientists say it could very well be the first to ever be ever caught off that stretch of coastline.

A fisherman has caught a tiny, two-headed shark off the Indian coastline.

The unique catch was made along the Maharashtra coast and left Nitin Patil so stunned he threw the shark back.

"We do not eat such small fish, especially sharks, so I thought it was strange but decided to throw it (back) anyway," Mr Patil told the Hindustan Times on Monday.

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Mr Patil managed to snap a photo of the critter before releasing it.

Another fisherman who witnessed the catch believes the shark was the young of a larger shark.

"We have never seen anything like this before," Umesh Palekar told the newspaper.

The little shark measured just 15 centimetres.

"We believe one of the larger sharks may have given birth to this double-headed shark baby."

The two-headed creature measured about 15 centimetres and scientists say it could very well be the first to ever be ever caught off that stretch of coastline.

Marine biologist Swapnil Tandel said the deformity could have several causes.

"These finds are so rare that it is difficult to find a cause for the anomaly," Mr Tandel told the Hindustan Times.

"Genetic or metabolic disorders, viruses, pollution or overfishing could be the possible reasons."

Dr Akhilesh KV, a scientist from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) in Mumbai said the species looks like a spadenose shark or a sharpnose shark.

"Both are viviparous and are common in Maharashtra waters," Mr Akhilesh said.

Viviparous means birthing live young after development inside the body of the parent.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/doubleheaded-shark-baby-caught-off-india-leaves-fishermen-stunned/19904226-9f92-4b8d-8e73-9590fcac1254

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