In middle of the year 2011, a commercial crew caught a dusky shark in the Gulf of Mexico. When the shark was cut open, a fetus was discovered containing something rather unique, a cyclops shark. The shark possessed a fetus which was albino and had one large eye centered in its face similar to a Cyclops.
While this may sound skeptical, it is by all reports the real thing. Researchers have examined the preserved creature and found that its single eye is made of functional optical tissue. Although, it’s highly unlikely that the malformed creature would have survived outside the womb.
“This is extremely rare,” shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana of Mexico’s Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar told the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing blog in July. “As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded.”