Nov. 7 - A rare one-eyed albino Cyclops shark baffles local fishermen and scientists in Mexico. Tara Cleary reports.
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As if sharks aren't scary enough.
A fisherman in Mexico has discovered a rare, one-eyed, albino shark pup.
A pregnant female shark got caught in Enrique Leon Lucero's net in the Sea of Cortez.
SOUNDBITE: Fisherman who discovered the shark, Enrique Leon Lucero, saying (Spanish):
"In the trap was a large pregnant shark. By the time we reached the shore, we had cut her up and found that one of her offspring had one eye, we had never seen anything like that. There were nine fetuses altogether, but this one had only one eye."
The strange looking fish has perplexed Marine Scientist, Marcela Bejarano.
SOUNDBITE: Marine Scientist for the Department of Fishing and Marine Biology (CICIMAR), Marcela Bejarano, saying (Spanish):
"It's a Cyclops shark, it's an exceptional case, because there have never been international reports, scientific reports, nothing of that sort about a shark that has these features."
The unusual deformities in the shark are due to a malformed brain.
Even if the pup had been born, without a spinal chord or sense of smell, it probably wouldn't have survived.
And Lucero plans to hang on to his rare catch.
Tara Cleary, Reuters.
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