Conservationists Get a Surprise, Finding Two-Headed Turtle on a South Carolina Beach

Wildlife volunteers inspecting nests at a South Carolina beach stumbled upon an unexpected surprise: a two-headed baby sea turtle.

According to South Carolina State Parks, this two-headed loggerhead hatchling is the result of a genetic mutation.

The find wasn’t as rare as you might expect: News reports of other two-headed turtle hatchlings appeared in both 2017 and 2019, with photos being taken in Atlantic breeding grounds on Hilton Island in South Carolina:

And in Florida, by a university intern.

Like a very cute version of the Greek legend of Hydra—where for every head chopped off, the serpentine creature would regrow two more—the hatchling from Ediston Beach has now been released into the ocean.

It will now swim off in new directions, to the next stage in its fascinating, two-headed life.