Cyclops Shark

Pictured is incredibly rare cyclops shark embryo. Sadly, this shark never even had a chance to live. A fisherman caught its momma in the Gulf of California and when cut […]

cyclops shark

Pictured is incredibly rare cyclops shark embryo. Sadly, this shark never even had a chance to live. A fisherman caught its momma in the Gulf of California and when cut her open, he found the creature inside. From National Geographic:

 

Once (Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences biologist Felipe) Galván-Magaña and colleague Marcela Bejarano-Álvarez heard about the discovery—which was put on Facebook—the team got the fisher (Enrique Lucero) León’s permission to borrow the shark for research. The scientists then x-rayed the fetus and reviewed previous research on cyclopean in other species to confirm that the find is indeed a cyclops shark.

Cyclops sharks have been documented by scientists a few times before, also as embryos, said Jim Gelsleichter, a shark biologist at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The fact that none have been caught outside the womb suggests cyclops sharks don’t survive long in the wild.

 

 

cyclops shark

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