Afternoon snack: "Cyclops" shark photos

by KelsiDayle on Oct. 19th, 2011

No. Freakin'. Way.

National Geographic just made my afternoon by reporting on an extremely rare "Cyclops" albino shark -- and they have photos! Check 'em out here.

Dude kinda reminds me of Mike Wazowski from Monster's Inc.

Anyway, here's some of the science behind "Mike," as I shall now call him:

  • He was discovered in the womb of legally-caught mama dusky shark, along with 9 completely normal siblings.
  • Yes, the eye works!
  • Cyclopia is a real congenital disease (condition existing at birth).
  • Cyclopia occurs in several animal species, including humans.
  • No cyclops sharks have been observed outside the womb, suggesting they don't survive long in the wild.
  • He had other abnormalites, including albinism, no nostrils, and deformations.
  • The defects are not suspected to be related to pollution.

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