• Sea turtle hatchling with 2 heads spotted at South Carolina beach

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    HILTON HEAD, S.C. - No, you're not seeing double.

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    According to the Island Packet, Hilton Head Island's Sea Turtle Patrol, a volunteer group that monitors the reptiles, came across a hatchling with two heads this week in South Carolina.

    The nonprofit, led by marine biologist Amber Kuehn, shared a photo of the rare sight in a Facebook post Wednesday.

    "We thought we had seen it all during this very busy season on Sea Turtle Patrol!" the post read. "Yesterday on patrol during a nest inventory, this bicephalic hatchling was discovered. This mutation is more common in reptiles than in other animals but it is still very rare. As with other live hatchlings found during a nest inventory, this hatchling was released to the ocean. Good luck to Squirt and Crush!"

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    We thought we had seen it all during this very busy season on Sea Turtle Patrol! Yesterday on patrol during a nest...

    Posted by Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    Kuehn said the mutation is most likely genetic and not caused by environmental factors, the Island Packet reported.

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