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Two-Headed Dolphin Washes Ashore in Turkey, Stunning Beachgoers

By    |   Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 12:30 PM

A two-headed dolphin corpse washed up on the shore of a Turkish beach last week, stunning beachgoers along the country's west coast.

The conjoined remains were spotted near Izmir, witness Tugrul Metin told the Daily Mail, estimating the two-headed dolphin to be about three feet in length and probably around a year old. 

"I couldn't take it in at first," Metin said. "I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I've never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes. I was completely shocked."

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Mehmet Gokoglu, a marine-biology professor at Ak Deniz University, told the Daily Mail that the conjoined dolphin is an uncommon sight for any marine biologist.

"Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence," Gokoglu said. "[It's] similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins."

Gokoglu quashed rumors that his university would be studying the two-headed dolphin remains, telling The Independent that he has no idea where the corpse has been taken.

This isn't the first time a conjoined sea creature has been found. According to Science Daily.com, Michigan State University researchers confirmed last year the discovery of a bull shark with two heads, found in the Gulf of Mexico on April 7, 2011.

Michael Wagner, an assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State, said it was the first record of a bull shark with two heads, even though other shark species have been found with two heads, such as blue and tope sharks.

"This is certainly one of those interesting and rarely detected phenomena," Wagner said, according to Science Daily. "It's good that we have this documented as part of the world's natural history, but we'd certainly have to find many more before we could draw any conclusions about what caused this."

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