Friday, July 6, 2007

Two-headed marine turtle alive in Costa Rica

A newborn, two-headed Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatched from a natural nest in Ostional Beach in Costa Rica in November 2005. The turtle was kept for a few days under observation and was then released in good health into the Pacific ocean. The prospects of survival are unknown - if she is a female and survives the hazards of a life at sea with natural predators and indiscriminate nets and hooks, she may return to Ostional to nest in some 15 to 20 years. WWF, the global conservation organization, filmed this unusual creature and released the news to the media.