Kakinada: A rare two-headed Indian Mackerel (Kanagurtalu) was found in a fish catch at fish landing centre in Kumbhabhishekam, near on Monday.
According to fisheries scientists, two headed-fish is a rare case of genetic mutations. Studies revealed that in case of such type of mutations the survival chances are very less.
Speaking to The Hans India M Lakshman Kumar fisheries development officer said that the Indian mackerel is found in warm shallow waters of Indian coast and Western Pacific ocean.
The Indian mackerel is generally found in shallow, coastal waters, where the surface water temperature is at least 17 °C. Adults of this species are found in coastal bays, harbour rest and deep lagoons.
“They are commonly found in turbid waters because of their plank tonic feeding behaviour. Adult fish’s feeds macro plankton and larvae of shrimp and fish as compare to juvenile fishes.
Indian mackerel is an excellent source of metabolically essential proteins, vitamins, trace elements and poly unsaturated fatty acids like Omega 3 fatty acids,” Lakshman Kumar revealed.