Reeled in from the North Sea, the two-foot, 13-pound creature was DOA. The crew, however, feared repercussions for keeping a dead porpoise and threw it back into the water.
“Fortunately, first a series of photographs was taken,” according to a research paper by led by Erwin Kompanje, curator of mammals at the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam. “The specimen, however, is lost for science and natural history.”
. “Even normal twinning is rare; there’s no room in the womb of the mother for harboring more than one baby.”
The brothers—an educated guess based on a single genital opening—were most likely born alive, but couldn’t have survived long.