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Double-Mouthed Fish Pulled from Nebraska Lake

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LINCOLN, Nebraska -- This fish didn't have a chance. A rainbow trout pulled out of Holmes Lake last weekend had double the chance to get hooked: It had two mouths.

Clarence Olberding, 57, wasn't just telling a fisherman's fib when he called over another angler to look at the two-mouthed trout. It weighed in at about a pound.

"I reached down and grabbed it to take the hook out, and that's when I noticed that the hook was in the upper mouth and there was another jaw protruding out below," said Olberding.

He said in his 40 years of fishing, he's never seen anything like it.

Don Gabelhouse, head of the fisheries division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, said a two-mouthed fish was new to him, too.

"It's probably a genetic deformity," he said. "I don't think there's anything wrong with it."

The second mouth didn't appear to be functional, Olberding said. He has plans for the fish, which don't included mounting.

"I'm going to smoke it up and eat it," he said.


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wow...thats just creepy, i would have mounted that. but ohwell...
   comment# 1   - Matt Feher · Pittsburgh US · Jan 13, 2007 @ 8:22am

Dude someone should stuff it and hang it up in pride
   comment# 2   - Jake Edmunds · Pittsburgh, Pa · Jan 17, 2007 @ 7:21am

woe this is truly like crazy!!! if i were to catch something like that i would just freak out. but i would have mounted it. =P
   comment# 3   - lynne · sarasota, florida · Feb 16, 2007 @ 9:36am

I love fishing and i have never ever saw something like that this is amazing. I mean amazing this thanksgiving i am going fishing with my grandpa and i was wondering if there could be more fish in the waters like that how do you think this happened could it have been twin fish but the other one consumed it i'm only eleven so i have a lot to learn about fishing but wow you must be the luckiest person i have ever met is must have been scary at first see a two mouthed fish well bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 4   - Kerry · Ontario · Sep 30, 2008 @ 6:35pm

wen i gut my trout i cut that part of the fish so it probably just got cut its not a disorder
   comment# 5   - ming chang · florida, us · Jun 19, 2009 @ 5:11pm

The trout appears to have a damaged floor of the mouth such that the well toothed tongue projects like a second jaw. The famous goldeye with two mouths from Ft. Chipewyan had the same condition. I examined it when I preserved it for the University of Alberta Museum of Zoology. I have caught two goldeye with similarly damaged mouths. What is remarkable is that they were still able to feed successfully.
   comment# 6   - Wayne Roberts · Edmonton, Alberta · Jul 8, 2009 @ 10:33am
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