AQUARISTS are trying to get their head around the discovery of a bizarre double-headed prawn.
The crustacean almost ended up as lunch for some sharks at a north Queensland aquarium before being discovered by stunned staff in a frozen food packet.
Aquarist Laura Colton, from Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, told the ABC she was preparing to feed the aquarium’s baby leopard sharks when she came across the prawn.
“I was counting out a few prawns and fish and I grabbed a handful prawns, and at first I thought there were two stuck together and then realised it was a prawn with two heads,” Ms Colton said.
“I have never seen anything like this and neither has anyone else in the team.”
She said she had to double check the crustacean to make sure it was not just two prawns stuck together.
“The next thing I looked for was to see if it had been caught in the middle of a moult, so they do shed that skeleton on the outside,” Ms Colton said.
“It wasn’t that either so if you had a look at the animal, there’s two guts in there, even two sets of legs coming from the front part as well, so it’s definitely two heads.”
Reef HQ has posted the photo of the prawn on its Facebook account, attracting hundreds of comments and shares.
Originally published as Mystery of the mutant, two-headed prawn
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