Albino “Cyclops” shark reportedly has legitimately malformed eye

LiveScience has posted a follow-up about some pictures that surfaced earlier this year which depicted an albino “cyclops” shark that was reportedly caught in the Sea of Cortez. According to the LiveScience article, the specimen, which is a fetus cut from the womb of a caught pregnant dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus), has been examined by researchers, who found that the single eye is composed of “functional optical tissue.” However, the report notes that the likelihood of survival had the shark been born would have been very low.

LiveScience also has a photo gallery of the specimen.

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