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Two-Headed Shark Found Near Florida Keys

Posted: May. 7th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Two-headed shark
Patrick Rice/FKCC

An extremely rare two-headed shark has been found in the Florida Keys. In fact, the rarity is so high that this is actually the first confirmed case of a two-headed bull shark in history, even if it was only the fetus and is already dead. It shouldn't take long for SyFy to pick up on the idea and make a horror movie, right?

The newest celebrity to emerge from the Florida Keys sports the unfortunate conditions of having two heads, and being dead.

A bull shark fetus with two distinct heads, recovered from the Gulf of Mexico by a Florida Keys fisherman in April 2011, made international news last week when a scientific journal published a study confirming it as the first confirmed case of dicephalia (having two heads) in the species.

An Internet search for "two-headed bull shark" Friday generated nearly 2.8 million hits, many featuring a startling image taken by Patrick Rice, dean of marine science and technology at Florida Keys Community College.


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