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A study commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Company on selenium contamination in creeks in southeast Idaho includes photos of deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout (top) and brown trout (bottom). Photos from J.R. Simplot/Idaho DEQ.

A study commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Company on selenium contamination in creeks in southeast Idaho includes photos of deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout (top) and brown trout (bottom). Photos from J.R. Simplot/Idaho DEQ.

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Two-Headed Trout Spur Scrutiny Of Mine Pollution

Jessica Robinson
04/19/2012

Here's an image you usually don't see without the help of Photoshop: two–headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho. The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two–headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks.

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