Turkish scientists are set to examine the rare body of a two-headed dolphin that washed ashore a beach in Turkey this week.
The dolphin had two heads, but only one tail. According to authorities, the remains of the conjoined dolphin calf was spotted floating onto a beach in Dikili, which is near the city of Izmir.
The dead two-headed dolphin is expected to be a one-years-old calf, as it is only around 3.2 feet long.
“I noticed the dolphin in the sea and watched as it washed on to the beach,” said Tugrul Metin, a gym-teacher in Turkey. “I couldn’t take it in at first, 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.”
It was then that Metin called the police, who came to take the body away. The body of the dolphin was taken to a laboratory at the Akdeniz University in Turkey, where it will be studied by Turkish researchers.
According to associate professor Mehmet Gokoglu from the marine-biology department at the Akdeniz University, “such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence, similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins,” which is probably why researchers jumped at the chance to study it.