A fisherman from Palghar, India, caught
a six-inch baby shark with two heads, the
Hindustan Times reported on October 12.
Nitin Patil noticed the dicephalic shark
among his catch and took several photos
of it before releasing it back into the ocean.
According to Patil, the fishermen
do not eat such small fish, so the idea of
keeping the shark did not cross his mind.
“I thought it was strange but decided to
throw it anyway,” he told the publication.
Umesh Palekar, another fisherman
in the area, told the paper, “We have
never seen anything like this before”.
"We believe one of the larger sharks may have
given birth to this double-headed shark baby”.
The group sent the photos to researchers at the
Indian Council for Agricultural Research’s Central
Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) in Mumbai.
CMFRI scientists confirmed that it was a very rare
case and possibly the first double-headed shark
sighting along the Maharashtra coastline