Fishermen Found Shark Pup With Only One Eye

AnimalWirePublished: July 12, 20161,996 views
Published: July 12, 2016

If you are one of the millennials or just a cartoon-crazed fan, then looking at this poor creature might bring you to think it looks just like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.

The images are quite old, but in this day and age, where Photoshop is the main tool of people’s entertainment, it is easy to suspect their genuity. Back in 2011, a commercial fisherman caught a dusky shark that turned out to be pregnant. Finding a litter of pup in their abdomens isn’t a crazy idea, but what turned out to be very insane is the condition in which one of them was found.

The pup had cyclopia, a condition in which the brain fails to split into two hemispheres, therefore forming one open lobe. Shark researchers have examined the creature and determined that the single eye was very functional. It was just highly unlikely it would have survived outside the womb.

Cyclopia might be rare, but it is not a stranger to life on Earth. Back in May 2017, a family in India welcomes their own cyclops, a baby goat born with one eye and one ear. The goat kid defied all expectations, growing strong, despite its deformities.

The cause of this genetic condition is uncertain, although it is possible that a toxin ingested during pregnancy can be the culprit. The upper and lower lips can be present but are usually small, and the upper jaw is short and teeth are missing, which is why the normal sized tongue protrudes. Horses, pigs, cows, cats and even dusky sharks have been known to get affected with this condition.

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      DavidHereaux · 1 year ago

      The human virus is worse than AIDS.