BLOG: Two heads aren't better than one

As if 2016 hasn’t been scary enough with events such as the presidential election and the possible extinction of bees, the world is now facing a new problem … two-headed sharks.

Sharks are the reason most people at the beach only go ankle-deep into the water and the one thing surfers fear the most. Now we have to worry about two heads that are capable of ripping our bodies into pieces. 

Most sharks have about 15 rows of teeth in the upper and lower jaws, with approximately 50 working teeth in their entire mouth. If you have two shark heads that means 30 rows of about 100 teeth that are ready to penetrate human flesh.

Although many fishermen have discovered the mutant fish, no one can really explain why this phenomenon is occurring. Scientists believe the leading cause of this creature is overfishing. This causes sharks to inbreed, which leads to genetic abnormalities like two heads.

Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction. According to WorldWildlife.org, the results not only affect the balance of life in the oceans, but also the social and economic well-being of the coastal communities who depend on fish for their way of life.

Many fishermen are mindful of the marine environment they work in, but illegal fishing and other regulatory problems still exist. 

Other beliefs about the creation of this creature place the blame on pollution and viral infection.  This mutation hasn’t just been discovered off the shores of the United States, but rather all over the world.

Protect Plant Ocean.org research reports 40 percent of the world's oceans have been heavily affected by human activities, including fishing, coastal development and pollution from shipping.

Although the mutant sharks aren’t known to live long lives, the video linked above shows these fish have two functioning hearts and stomachs.

Although the thought of two-headed sharks roaming around is extremely frightening, it’s almost scarier to think about the effects we as humans have on the environment.

Whether the cause for these mutant sharks is overfishing or pollution, they are both human- inflicted. If humans do not start taking better care of the environment and the animals that live in it, who knows what could come next.

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