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 Leon legally caught a pregnant dusky shark near Cerralvo Island in the Gulf of California. When Leon 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 Galvan-Magaña, of the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, Mexico.
Once Galvan-Magaña and colleague Marcela Bejarano-Álvarez heard about the discovery˜which was put on Facebook˜the team got Leon’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.