Two-Headed Sea Turtle Found In South Carolina Beach
Park volunteers patrolling a beach in South Carolina stumbled upon an unexpected surprise: A two-headed baby sea turtle.
A group of patrollers and volunteers at Edisto Beach State Park were making a routine inventory to check on sea turtle nests when they stumbled across the special hatchling, South Carolina State Parks said on Facebook.
“Three to five days after a sea turtle nest shows signs of a major emergency, we dig down to determine the success of the nest by counting the hatched eggs, unhatched eggs and on occasions also find live hatchlings.”
The two-headed loggerhead sea turtle was one of three live babies found in a nest.
“While performing an inventory this past Wednesday, patrollers and volunteers found three alive loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings still in the chamber, but one hatchling, in particular, stood out because it had two heads!”
“This two-headed hatchling is the result of a genetic mutation,” South Carolina State Parks said. “Other two-headed hatchlings have been found in South Carolina in past years, but this is a first for the patrol team at Edisto Beach State Park.”
Once the group snapped some photos, all three turtles were released into the ocean.
Most sea turtles hatch in the summer, though they can hatch throughout the year, according to Sea World.
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