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Last month, a group of Dutch fishermen discovered a double-headed harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). The unusual little fellow was definitely DOA, and fearing that keeping it would get them in trouble, the fishermen took a few photos of the beast and threw it back in the ocean. What the crew didn't realise was they'd found the first case of dicephalic parapagus -- or partial twinning -- in harbour porpoises.

Vaquitas are cartoonish-looking porpoises that swim around, bothering literally no one. These little guys, which only weigh about 54kg, are found in just one region in the world -- the Northern Gulf of California. Their nickname -- the "panda" porpoise -- comes from the dark rings around their eyes, similar to that of the much-beloved bear. Sadly, over the years, vaquita numbers have plummeted dramatically due to unscrupulous fishing practices, and as a result, there are less than 30 left in the wild -- according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), unless urgent action is taken, the porpoises could be extinct by next July.