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Have You Ever Seen a Mutant Cyclops Shark?

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"...you ain't seen it all yet."

(Photo: Enrique Lucero León)\n

This creature almost doesn't seem real with its single, giant eye, bulbous head and oddly pale coloration.

Believe it or not, it's actually a very common species of bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, with a mutant twist. The mutation is called cyclopia and can occur in humans and other animals, although extremely rare in all species.

According to National Geographic, a dead female bull shark carrying nine fetuses was caught earlier this year by a fisherman off the coast of Mexico. The fetuses eyes', although they were dead, remained in tact in the womb giving researchers the chance for a good look.

National Geographic quotes University of Northern Florida as saying that cyclops sharks have been found before as embryos:

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."

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