If It Looks Like a Duck ...
The Mirror has reported that an ultrasound has produced an image of a fetus and a duck sharing a human womb. Apparently this image has “stumped” the “experts” as to how this image is possible. To help solidify this news item into an alloy of ridiculousness, a spiritualist has suggested that the baby could have had an animal spirit guide alongside her.
The ‘duck’ didn’t just surprise Courtney and her husband – medics were stumped, too. Courtney said: “We showed it to another ultrasound tech who said she had never seen anything like it and had no idea what it was. They’re all stumped as to what the ‘duck’ could be.” But it was a spiritualist who suggested that Laura might not have truly been alone in the womb.
Listeners of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe are very familiar with pareidolia. It is more often than not the reason people seem to see faces or objects in things, such as a face in the clouds or the image of Jesus on a piece of burnt toast. The duck in the womb in the ultrasound picture is no different, and why “experts” (whomever they are, apparently they are “medics”, but The Mirror neglects to mention them) fail to point this out raises many more questions, all of them pointing towards the lackadaisical attitude The Mirror often takes with junk articles such as this one.
If nothing else, a cursory search online reveals all sorts of strange things “seen” in ultrasound pictures, such as a cat, a woodpecker, and a Mario Brothers turtle. Don’t let your eyes, or The Mirror for that matter, deceive you.