Turkish Police Investigating Beached Body of Two-Headed Baby Dolphin
The corpse of a two-headed dolphin was discovered on a Turkish beach this week.
Tugrul Metin spotted the dead dolphin being pushed ashore in Izmir, located in western Turkey, on Monday.
The 3.2 foot-long, two-headed, single-tailed creature is believed to be a one-year-old calf. Metin, who was on vacation at the time, said that he noticed the dolphin floating in the sea and watched it as it was washed on to the beach, according to Fox News.
"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," said the 39-year-old gym coach, according to the Daily Mail.
Metin said that he proceeded to call the police when he discovered the strange mammal. Afterwards, the authorities came and collected the conjoined body and sent it to a laboratory for investigation.
According to various reports, the eyes and blow hole on one of the dolphin's head was not completely open.
"Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence - similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins," said Associate Professor Mehmet Gokoglu from the marine-biology department at the Ak Deniz University in Turkey, according to the Irish Mirror.