The movie “Jaws” did a lot for pop culture and some of the lines are still often recited and joked about between friends today. The hit, which was originally launched in 1975, also made people fear sharks in a somewhat irrational way and while outdated and over-dramatic, it brought to life the possibility of shark attacks. And while your chance of being attacked by a shark is only one in 11.5 million, people have still clung onto the frightening chance that they could be the victim of one of the scariest circumstances of all time.
So, while you may be one of those people who are petrified of setting your toes in the ocean water, your chance of getting attacked by a shark may have actually just doubled (no pun intended), as there is new evidence of two-headed sharks.
Yep, it’s true. Marine Biologists in Spain have come across the two-headed shark, complete with two sets of those quintessential shark teeth that sneak up on the actors in the movie.
And the scariest part? There isn’t only one lurking the waters…there have been several two-headed shark sightings, and it’s not surprising because this particular breed of shark is born by way of eggs, versus the birthing shark. This means that there is a greater chance of having more surviving offspring due to the many eggs that are released at one time.
After much research, scientists have tracked down an embryo of a two-headed shark that was found in the Western Mediterranean. When scientists first stumbled across the embryo, they thought that it was two separate sharks, but they soon learned that while it had two livers and two stomachs, the two-headed beast actually shared an intestinal tract. In other words, the food of one head was used to nourish the entire two-headed creature.
Technically, it is known as an Atlantic Sawtail Catshark. After the embryo was discovered and studied, another young two-headed shark was discovered in the same area, and the sightings have only become more frequent since then.
Evidently, the two heads are caused by a gene mutation, but scientists still can’t figure out the exact cause of the mutation. They have narrowed it down to the fact that the sawtail catsharks have started to inbreed due to the species being endangered. This is how the species naturally tries to survive, but the more inbreeding that is done, the more they increase their chance of genetic abnormalities…such as the two heads on one body.
It actually looks kinda cute when it’s still a baby,before all those horrifying teeth are formed.
While this new evidence may have caused some additional fear for those who are scared of the unknown ocean waters, rest assured because there is a good chance that you won’t get anywhere close to where these beasts spend their time. They live about 1,000-2,000 feet beneath the surface of the water, so unless you have some insane diving equipment, you won’t get close to the two-headed beasts.
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