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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 18 09:28 PM

Nov 19th, 2016: Two Headed Shark

From National Geographic...

Sans-Coma and colleagues say a genetic disorder seems to be the most plausible cause for the two-headed catshark.
But wild sharks' malformations could come from a variety of factors, including viral infections, metabolic disorders,
pollution, or a dwindling gene pool due to overfishing, which leads to inbreeding, and thus genetic abnormalities.

Gravdigr  Saturday Nov 19 12:33 AM

Saw thread title...

...was not disappointed.

Snakeadelic  Saturday Nov 19 08:20 AM

These have been cropping up more and more! Most are blue sharks, which is thought to be due to the large number of eggs (50+) each female produces each breeding season. Whether the cause of the two-headed babies is genetic or environmental is under both debate and study worldwide. Recently, a scientist working with one of the small shark species noticed a conjoined/malformed embryo inside an egg case (most of them are called mermaid's purses, and there are some WEIRD shapes), the first time one had been found in a species that produces encased eggs. Also real: the albino cyclops shark embryo: found in a dusky shark several years ago off the Mexican coast.

It's gettin' WEIRD out there, and when the going gets weird the weird turn pro!

BigV  Saturday Nov 19 11:46 AM

As a youth I had pet snakes. One of them produced several babies, one of which had two heads.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Nov 25 06:15 PM

Yeah, snakes...

BigV  Saturday Nov 26 08:32 PM

'zactly, but more anaconda-y

Gravdigr  Saturday Nov 26 11:21 PM

I have had it with these---eh, you know where I'm going.

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