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October 24, 2011

Rare Cyclops Shark Found In Gulf of California

By Chad Love

--Chad Love

I've always said that as long as I'm able to fish I'm happy, and it doesn't really matter what species I'm fishing for because it's all good. But I have to admit, this fish is making me reconsider that attitude.

From this story on nationalgeographic.com:

Talk about a one-of-a-kind discovery˜an extremely rare cyclops shark (pictured) has been confirmed in Mexico, new research shows. The 22-inch-long (56-centimeter-long) fetus has a single, functioning eye at the front of its head˜the hallmark of a congenital condition called cyclopia, which occurs in several animal species, including humans.

Earlier this year fisher Enrique Lucero León legally caught a pregnant dusky shark near Cerralvo Island in the Gulf of California. When León cut open his catch, he found the odd-looking male embryo along with its nine normal siblings. "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.

I consider myself a normal, average "man's man," but I gotta admit if I saw that thing coming over the rail I'd drop my rod, scream like a wee girl and run away, because that is some kind of freaky.

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from fishfinagler wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Agreed haha

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

That is one ugly fish.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

That is one ugly fish.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Cyclops-anything gives me the heeby jeebies - just in time for Halloween

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

That is awesome! (im a biogeek I guess) kind of looks like the fish on the simpsons thats supposed to be deformed because of the pollution.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

This was on yahoo weeks ago, but this is a whole new reason to not like the beach. lol

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from wp wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Creepy.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I wonder how long it could actually live in the wild until it was taken out by something else.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Looks like something out of an old "X Files" episode. Maybe another result of pollution, etc?

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from Todd Boudreau wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I sure as hell wouldn't want to see that scuba diving.

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from Todd Boudreau wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I sure as hell wouldn't want to see that scuba diving.

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from fishfinagler wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Agreed haha

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

That is one ugly fish.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

That is one ugly fish.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Cyclops-anything gives me the heeby jeebies - just in time for Halloween

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

That is awesome! (im a biogeek I guess) kind of looks like the fish on the simpsons thats supposed to be deformed because of the pollution.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

This was on yahoo weeks ago, but this is a whole new reason to not like the beach. lol

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from wp wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Creepy.

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from jmshackelfo@aol.com wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I wonder how long it could actually live in the wild until it was taken out by something else.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Looks like something out of an old "X Files" episode. Maybe another result of pollution, etc?

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from Todd Boudreau wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I sure as hell wouldn't want to see that scuba diving.

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from Todd Boudreau wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I sure as hell wouldn't want to see that scuba diving.

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