Fisherman catches rare two-headed shark with bare hands

A fisherman from Palghar, India, caught a six-inch baby shark with two heads, the Hindustan Times reported on October 12. Nitin Patil noticed the dicephalic shark among his catch and took several photos of it before releasing it back into the ocean. According to Patil, the fishermen do not eat such small fish, so the idea of keeping the shark did not cross his mind. “I thought it was strange but decided to throw it anyway,” he told the publication. Umesh Palekar, another fisherman in the area, told the paper, “We have never seen anything like this before”. "We believe one of the larger sharks may have given birth to this double-headed shark baby”. The group sent the photos to researchers at the Indian Council for Agricultural Research’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) in Mumbai. CMFRI scientists confirmed that it was a very rare case and possibly the first double-headed shark sighting along the Maharashtra coastline