Two-Headed Dolphin Calf Washes Ashore In Turkey (Photo)

| by Jonathan Wolfe

The body of a two-headed dolphin was found on a beach in Izmir, Turkey yesterday.

Resident Tugrul Metin was taking a stroll on the beach when he came across the extraordinarily rare creature.

“I couldn't take it in at first,” Metin told MailOnline. “I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me — I’ve never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes — I was completely shocked.”

Scientists estimate the young dolphin was just over one year old. Its body measured in at 3.2 feet long.

Here is a picture:

Authorities were called and transported the corpse to a nearby laboratory. There, a team of scientists including marine biologist Mehmet Gokoglu are looking forward to studying the creature.

Gokoglu said he “welcomed” the chance to examine the rare specimen.

“Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence — similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins,” he said.

AOL Travel noted a few other recent instances of two-headed marine animals washing ashore.  In January, a two-headed baby gray whale was found on a beach in Baja, California. In March 2013, a fisherman found a two-headed shark fetus inside of a Bull Shark. 

Sources: MailOnline, AOL Travel