Research group finds 2-headed turtle

The University of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research Group found a two-headed turtle in Brevard County during its research Thursday.
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The University of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research Group found a two-headed turtle in Brevard County during its research Thursday.

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The group excavates nests three days after the turtles hatch to determine how many eggs were laid and how many hatchlings emerged.

Any straggler turtles are safely released into the ocean.

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During its latest research, the group found a two-headed loggerhead turtle.

Researchers said the turtle appeared to be healthy and energetic, and was released into the ocean, but not before a member of the group snapped a few photos.

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Credit: Leah Rittenberg, UCF Marine Turtle Research Group using permit No. MTP-186

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Credit: Leah Rittenberg, UCF Marine Turtle Research Group using permit No. MTP-186

Credit: Leah Rittenberg, UCF Marine Turtle Research Group using permit No. MTP-186

Kate Mansfield, an assistant professor and lab director with the group, said her crew found a two-headed turtle on the same beach a year or two ago. She said the finding is rare, but not unheard of.

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