Pictures: Rare “Cyclops” Shark Found

 

 

 

” Talk about a one-of-a-kind discovery—an extremely rare cyclops shark(pictured) has been confirmed in Mexico, new research shows.

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.

Earlier this year fisher Enrique Lucero León legally caught a pregnant dusky shark near Cerralvo Island (see map) in the Gulf of California. When León cut open his catch, he found the odd-looking male embryo along with its nine normal siblings. “He said, That’s incredible—wow,” said biologist Felipe Galván-Magaña, of the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, Mexico. “

 

 

"Cyclops" shark picture: fisher holding shark

 

 

 

Fisher Enrique Lucero León holds the cyclops shark next to researcher Bejarano-Álvarez.
León regards the cyclops shark as a prize, Galván-Magaña said, and has already preserved his oddity in alcohol.
"Lots of people want to buy the shark, but the fisherman says no."