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One Eyed Shark!

Written by on 16/10/2020

Jon Lockett, The Sun

It may look like a creature from an ancient myth – but this one-eyed shark is the real fin.

The unborn foetus was found inside a larger shark that was found dead after being trapped in fishing nets off the coast of Maluku province, Indonesia.

When the bigger predator was cut open to remove its guts, shocked fishermen found the unusual baby inside.

It had one large eye in the middle of its forehead along with a milky-white body and fully formed fins.

It is believed the larger predator was pregnant when it became caught in the netting.

One of the fisherman said: “We found three babies inside … but one of them looked strange with only one eye.

“It’s colour was strange too … like milk.”

The shark’s condition – known as cyclopia – is a rare congenital disorder characterised by the failure of the front portion of the brain to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities.

It occurs within the spectrum of brain and face defects known as holoprosencephaly, which in severe cases can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.


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