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The most bizarre shark you've ever seen

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 28, 2011 12:00 AM
Welcome to the other twilight zone. A commercial fisherman from the tropical Sea of Cortez has caught one strange fish: an one-eyed shark! This fish is like something straight out of a science fiction movie. Real or hoax? Read the story behind this shark (plus one more photo) after the jump.
The most bizarre shark you've ever seen

Cyclop Shark?!

According to Pisces Sportfishing blog, this specimen was removed from an adult Bull Shark.  The fisherman believes it is a shark fetus (Bull Sharks are one of several live-birth shark species).  The fisherman is unwilling to donate the specimen to science.  However, he has agreed to allow scientists to study the shark.  The first and most obvious question scientists want answered is whether the oversized "cyclop" eye is an eye at all or possibly a fused nasal cavity.

While there are naturally doubts about the authenticity of these photographs, we are told shark expert Felipe Galvan has validated the specimen in person, and a scientific paper is currently under review for publication.

Is this an elaborate hoax or a real freak of nature?

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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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