Photo: Albino Cyclops Shark
National Geographic has released a statement that the Albino Cyclops shark is a real discovery. They stand behind the two Mexican scientists who studied and x-rayed the cartoon-looking fish and found it to be a real shark, with a weird disorder, not a hoax.
Fisherman Jesús Lucero León “legally caught” a female dusky shark near the “Sea of Cortez” in the gulf of California. The mother shark was pregnant.
Biologist Felipe Galván-Magaña of the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, México told National Geographic that when León sliced open his catch, he found a strange looking shark inside, next to nine normal siblings.
The bizarre discovery is not a hoax; it is a very much real case of “shark cyclopia,” a rare disorder in which the genetic development of the two separate eyes is suppressed, and the subject ends up with one eye instead of two, and more likely than not, there are typically other facial deformities.
Jim Gelsleichter, a shark biologist at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, said that no sharks with cyclopia have been caught outside of the womb. Survival rates of those affected with cyclopia is minimal, for example, puppies and kittens born with cyclopia usually dying after just a day or so.
Galván-Magaña and colleague Marcela Bejarano-Álvarez are ready to release a paper documenting their research, watch the video below for further information.