These images show an extremely rare mutant two-headed fish in the shape of a heart that was found on a Brazilian beach.
Beach cleaner Claudinei Antonio, 46, made the chance find on Itarare Beach in the municipality of Sao Vicente, in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, while he was on the job at around 7am on Wednesday, 16th March.
He said that despite having cleaned up beaches for around 25 years, he had never come across anything like this before.
He said: “This fish caught my eye, as it’s very different, because it has two heads. I took lots of snaps.”
Marine biologist Eric Comin revealed: “It is the same with humans, twins can be born conjoined, and this can also happen with fish. There has already been a record of this in the Espirito Santo Aquarium. It is very rare, but they survive.”
He added: “Imagine that, out of every five pairs, only one pair survives. So, it is very rare just to survive, but they can feed and swim, despite living much shorter lives.”
Comin said: “It is the same in human beings, there is no duplication of organs. So, there is one organ for both, they live together, there is no technology today to separate them.”
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