A fisherman has reportedly discovered a one-eyed shark while fishing in the Gulf of California this summer.
The albino fetus, with only one single eye in the centre of its face, was cut from the belly of a pregnant bull shark. The fetus has gained a lot of popularity, with people debating its authenticity and some claiming that the picture released by Pisces Fleet Sportfishing is photoshopped. The cute little bug-eyed individual looks more like a happy cartoon character than a real shark, especially when its mouth is held open.
According to National Geographic, two scientists from the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, Mexico, have studied the specimen and have determined that it is a 22-inch-long dusky shark fetus with a single, functioning eye, located front-and-center on its head.
The shark was suffering from a rare congenital disorder known as Cyclopia. In creatures afflicted with this disorder, the front portion of the brain fails to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities.
Researchers said that it was unlikely that shark could have survived after birth.