It looks like a cross between a baby Jaws and a Ray Harryhausen creature, but this is apparently a real live monstrosity. When photos first hit the internet, most thought it was a joke, but in fact, two scientists from the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences in La Paz, Mexico studied the specimen and determined that it’s a 22-inch-long dusky shark fetus with a single, functioning eye!
According to National Geographic:
The fetus was discovered after a fisherman “legally caught” a pregnant dusky shark near Cerralvo Island in the Gulf of California.
Biologist Felipe Galván-Magaña of the center in La Paz told National Geographic that when León sliced open his catch, he found the odd-looking male embryo along with nine normal siblings. “He said, That’s incredible — wow,” according to Galván-Magaña.
Jim Gelsleichter, a shark biologist at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, said that no sharks with cyclopia have been caught outside of the womb, indicating that if such sharks do enter the world, their time here is extremely short. But we can always hope that someday one of these creatures will grow up to be the world’s first SHARKTOCLOPS!