Cyclops Bull Shark Founded by One Lucky Fishermen, Enrique Lucero León

Leon was shocked to see a male, unusual embryo with its nine siblings. a 22 inch albino Cyclops shark. He noticed right away that the odd looking shark has a single eye at the front of its head.

It happened in July but photos released on the internet are still catching people’s attention. Leon caught a pregnant dusky shark legally from the Gulf of California

That unusual bull shark fetus that Leon posted a couple of weeks ago continues to get a lot of attention. People from Europe are especially fascinated by it and we have been contacted by people in England and France this week by different publications wanting to know more about it.

We have had a lot of skeptics telling us that this is a joke, that a "cabbage patch doll must be missing an eye somewhere" etc but this is real and these new photos seem to prove it. Dr. Felipe Galvan a respected scientist stated "This is extremely rare, as far as I know less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded".  He went on to add, "The water in the Sea of Cortez is one of the cleanest in the world, so it is not likely that this is a factor". Once the paper on this has been accepted and published we shall share with you here.
Cyclopia is a rare form of holoprosencephaly and is a congenital disorder (birth defect) characterized by the failure of the embryonic prosencephalon to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities. Its incidence is 1 in 16,000 in born animals, and 1 in 250 in embryos.

“He said, That’s incredible—wow,” said biologist Felipe Galván-Magaña, of the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, Mexico.
Once Galván-Magaña and colleague Marcela Bejarano-Álvarez heard about the discovery—which was put on Facebook—the team got León’s permission to borrow the shark for research. The scientists then x-rayed the fetus and reviewed previous research on cyclopia 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.
Overall, finding such an unusual animal reinforces that scientists still have a lot to learn, Gelsleichter added. “It’s a humbling experience to realize you ain’t seen it all yet.”

There are no previous known cases of albino dusky sharks, “so this report is considered a first record of this malformation for this shark species in Mexico,” according to the study.

However, we still kill sharks and it's not good for them. Thanks for listening.

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