Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Photograph courtesy Christopher Johnston

Should we be concerned? It seems mysterious mutated animal life is cropping up seemingly around every corner, with two headed creatures topping the list of weirdness. Is it radiation from a certain meltdown across the Pacific? Is it pressure from over fishing? Is it something more benign like Mother Nature doing her own form of crazy lab experimentation? Whatever the cause, fishermen and outdoor sports enthusiasts are coming across these genetic wonders with ever increased frequency. It prompts us to ask, are two heads better than one? Read on and you may come to your own conclusion.


Two-Headed Sharks Keep Popping Up—No One Knows Why

You may not have heard this, but sharks with two heads are a thing. Not just special effects in a Hollywood movie, but a real thing. And here’s the real puzzling aspect—two headed sharks are being discovered more and more. So much so that National Geographic ran a story on their website explaining the phenomenon. Not the National Enquirer, but National Geographic. When a reputable publication like that devotes space to a story, you can bet it’s serious. An interesting read, and it delves into some of the suspected causes of such a strange trend.


Rare two-headed sea creature caught by Dutch fishermen

While it may be much more rare that a two-headed shark, this creature is no less intriguing. It’s sometimes a tossup what a fisherman might drag up from the bottom of the ocean, and while some animals might be stranger than others, these fishers reeled in a catch for the books. Quite possibly no one in the world has ever seen a two-headed harbor porpoise. Until now. Researchers are calling it a one in a billion catch.


Two-headed Trout Raises Eyebrows in Idaho

Here’s a real head scratcher. A major mining company in Idaho admitted freely that a recent find of a two-headed trout was directly linked to selenium pollution coming from one of their mines. Then the same company announced that the levels of selenium were safe. Tell that to the trout. Researchers say they find fish with mutations quite frequently—but never with two heads. They say it is a disturbing trend that needs to be watched carefully. Excess selenium has been linked to all kinds of terrible defects in aquatic animals, including missing eyes and protruding brains. Not good.



I included this video because, well, it was plain fun. This picture started circulating around on the internet in late 2016/early 2017. At first there was wild speculation that the little fish was caught in radioactive waters near Chernobyl. However, those claims have never been satisfactorily confirmed. Also, there is no real need to try to confirm this picture’s authenticity. Quite simply, there is no way this photo is real. It doesn’t take an especially trained photoshopper’s eye to spot the digital deception at play here. Just look at the two halves of the fish and see the similarities? They are exact matches. Perfect symmetry, which doesn’t occur in nature. Fake.

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