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Rare 'cyclops' shark found

By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments



Image Credit: Marcela Bejarano-Álvarez
A shark fetus with only one eye has been found inside a pregnant dusky shark off the Gulf of California.
Cyclops sharks are extremely rare and the result of a condition known as cyclopia, which results in just a single eye in the middle of the forehead and which can occur in other species as well including humans.
The 22-inch-long (56-centimeter-long) fetus has a single, functioning eye at the front of its head—the hallmark of a congenital condition called cyclopia, which occurs in several animal species, including humans.


Source: National Geographic | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by little_dreamer 12 years ago
I guess Greek myths about Cyclops had some truth after all.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DeltaEcho 12 years ago
He's cute! It's sad that he, and his nine other siblings, couldn't have been born to live their lives. Then maybe we could have found him alive and put him in an aquarium, as I doubt he would be able live too long in the wild.
Comment icon #4 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
The cyclops shark also has other deformities, including albinism, or a total lack of tissue pigments; no nostrils; a bump on its snout; and a spinal abnormality So it is more than the one abnormality. It would have been interesting to see how long it could survive. I would have named it Leela.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hybrid89 12 years ago
awesome lol
Comment icon #6 Posted by Robbie333 12 years ago
That is one of the most unusual things I have ever seen.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sawad 12 years ago
Its the Antichrist shark.
Comment icon #8 Posted by NuclearImplosion 12 years ago
So it is more than the one abnormality. It would have been interesting to see how long it could survive. I would have named it Leela. All it needs is a "lojackimator" on its fin!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Princess Serenity 12 years ago
Oh, how weird. It looks like an alien.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Swamptick 12 years ago
Does this make anyone else want sushi and sashimi?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Arawyn 12 years ago
They should take a DNA sample and clone it! Then we could have a live cyclops shark. It would be awesome to study the actual living thing!


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