Live Long and Prosper with Your Two Heads, Dear Baby Turtle!

Khryss | Published 2017-08-24 13:11

Just a few days earlier, this cute little turtle with two heads was found in Florida.

Loggerhead turtles are classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as big reptiles vulnerable to extinction protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The Florida state is one of the largest aggregations of loggerheads in the world. In just the University of Central Florida alone (wherein the two-headed turtle was found), thousands of turtles lay eggs along its monitored 29-mile place.

The odd-looking turtle was found, though, due to its noticeable struggle. When the intern realized that the hatchling has an extra feature--a second head--she immediately knew that such will also be an extra challenge on keeping up and staying alive.

"It's not rare to find a turtle born with developmental abnormalities," says Kate Mansfield, who manages the university's Marine Turtle Research Group. "But it is rare to find one alive. In my career I've only seen one other turtle with two heads."

Despite struggling behind its nestmates, the unique hatchling still crawled with energy once released. "It's possible it could survive, but the chances are pretty low," says Mansfield, who adds a genetic mutation likely caused the two heads. Indeed, even for normal hatchling.

According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, only around 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 10,000 infant turtles make it to adulthood! This is due to the dozens of dangers they would face when migrating including fishing nets, ship strikes and predators.

Well, here's to still hoping for the best, right?

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