Two-headed marine turtle found in Costa Rica

A deformed two-headed olive ridley sea turtle hatchling was found on a beach on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast, leading experts to believe that contaminants, increased temperatures possibly resulting from climate change and other factors may be at play.

“This is something that no one here has seen in more than 50 years of working with sea turtles,” said Melvin and Olger Chavarría, owners of a local lodge who found the hatchling.

Despite being born with two heads, the turtle hatchling appears to be in good health. It has a full range of movement and is able to move in one direction in what looks like a well-coordinated effort of both front flippers to propel the body forward