Jaws made most of us afraid to go into the deep end of the pool, let alone venture into the ocean again. Well, the shark in Jaws only had one head. Could you imagine if it had.... two?
They do say that 'two is better than one', but in this case I don't think that that saying works.
In October of last year, scientists from Spain documented that the first case of a two-headed shark among egg-laying species. Apparently two-headed sharks are a thing, and we will get to that later, but this is the first two-headed shark of its kind.
They found a two-headed Atlantic sawtail catshark embryo while studying the shark's cardiovascular system. The good news is that this particular type of shark can only be found in the western Mediterranean. The shark typically lives 1,082 to 2,329 feet underwater and considered a near threatened species. The shark feels threatened?! We feel threatened that it even exists.
So while the scientists were studying its cardiovascular system, they found an embryo with two heads, each with its own mouth, set of eyes, brain, and gill openings. And this is where I would be like, "Nope. Bye."
The embryo also had two stomachs and two livers and shared one single intestine.
This Team of scientists in Spain have collected 797 embryos for their study of their cardiovascular systems and this was the only found of this kind, meaning the chances of getting a two-headed shark in an egg-laying shark is low.
This is the little sucker here. The causes of the two heads are unknown but the research team suspects that it probably has something to do with genetics and that it is not the result of some weird nuclear pollution mutation.
George Burgess is the director of the Florida program for shark research at the Florida Museum of Natural History and according to him, this is nothing new. "We see two-headed sharks occasionally," he said.
Here is another picture of the two-headed shark. When talking about another two-headed shark, biologist C. Michael Wagner of Michigan State University told National Geographic that they don't usually make it out in the wild.
8. Two-headed Shark Attacks Are Not A Main Concern
Cool! Remind me never to go swimming in the ocean again. Do you need more proof that you should stay out of the water? Just look at this two-headed bull shark found by a fisherman off the Florida Keys. Things get wild down in the Sunshine State.