A group that monitors sea turtles in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has reported finding a “very rare” two-headed turtle hatchling while on patrol.
The conservation group, named Sea Turtle Patrol, found the Loggerhead hatchling alive on Tuesday and released it into the ocean.
Posting a photo of the two-headed hatchling, Sea Turtle Patrol said: “We thought we had seen it all during this very busy season on Sea Turtle Patrol!”
“As with other live hatchlings found during a nest inventory, this hatchling was released to the ocean.”
The group’s leader, marine biologist Amber Kuehn, said a genetic mutation caused the second head on the turtle, which has been named Squirt and Crush.