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Two-headed dolphin: 'similar to conjoined twins'

Two-headed dolphin washes ashore on a beach in western Turkey, according to Dogan news agency. A vacationing gym teacher discovered the two-headed dolphin, which scientists say is a rare occurrence. 

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The two-headed dolphin is shown in a photo taken by gym teacher Tugrul Metin, while he was vacationing during the first few days of August 2014, in the Aegean Sea coastal town of Dikili, Izmir province of Turkey.

Turkish media reports say Turkish scientists will examine a two-headed dolphin that washed up on a beach in western Turkey.

The private Dogan news agency said the remains of conjoined dolphin calf were discovered on a beach in Dikili, near the Aegean city of Izmir last week by a vacationing gym teacher named Tugrul Metin.

"I couldn't take it in at first - I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me," Mr. Metin told The Daily Mail. "I've never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes - I was completely shocked."

It quoted Akdeniz University marine biologist Mehmet Gokoglu as saying the dolphin was a rare occurrence, similar to conjoined twins.

Marine biologists at Akdeniz University will study the dolphin.

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