What’s scarier than a shark? A shark with two heads!
Researchers confirmed last week that the two-headed shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico on April 7, 2011, was indeed a single shark with two heads and not a conjoined twin. The specimen was found by a fisherman in the uterus of a pregnant female shark near the Florida Keys. It is the first confirmed two-headed bull shark.
About the Bull Shark
The Bull Shark is a very common shark found throughout the warmer waters of the world. Bull sharks are among the most aggressive sharks on the planet; they can survive in brackish (part-freshwater) environments, were probably the inspiration for the movie Jaws
Did the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cause deformities in fish?
Some have noted that the shark was found shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in the nearby area, but authorities claim the shark’s deformity is not related to contaminants from the spill.
Image CreditsXray of two-headed bull shark found in Gulf of Mexico in 2013 via Michigan State University with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Two-headed bull shark found in Gulf of Mexico in 2013 via Michigan State University with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)