Two-Headed Porpoise Just Wants Love, Validation
Last month, a group of Dutch fishermen discovered a double-headed harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) . The unusual little fellow was definitely DOA, and fearing that keeping it would get them in trouble, the fishermen took a few photos of the beast and threw it back in the ocean. What the crew didn't realize was they'd found the first case of dicephalic parapagus-or partial twinning-in harbor porpoises.
Now, researchers from the University of Rotterdam have examined the photos and are trying to learn more about the unusual creature. While the harbor porpoise is one of the most common cetaceans in the northwest European continental shelf waters, this condition is highly unusual. The team believes the twins did not survive long after they were born, since their dorsal fin was not yet erected. The small hairs on their upper rostrums (that beak-looking dolphins have) had also not fallen off, indicating they died pretty quickly.