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Rare 'cyclops' shark found

Posted on Sunday, 16 October, 2011 | Comment icon 11 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by little_dreamer on 16 October, 2011, 14:26
I guess Greek myths about Cyclops had some truth after all.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DeltaEcho on 16 October, 2011, 15:38
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 on 17 October, 2011, 4:30
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 on 17 October, 2011, 14:10
awesome lol
Comment icon #6 Posted by Robbie333 on 17 October, 2011, 19:22
That is one of the most unusual things I have ever seen.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sawad on 19 October, 2011, 7:58
Its the Antichrist shark.
Comment icon #8 Posted by NuclearImplosion on 21 October, 2011, 20:07
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 on 21 October, 2011, 20:17
Oh, how weird. It looks like an alien.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Swamptick on 27 October, 2011, 20:59
Does this make anyone else want sushi and sashimi?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Arawyn on 11 November, 2011, 17:04
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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