The cyclops shark is a real thing, new evidence suggests.
Photos of the creepily cute creature were featured in viral emails earlier this summer, after Tracy Ehring a manager for Pisces Fleet, a sportfishing company posted the photos on the company's blog. However, many were suspicious that the cyclops shark wasn't real.
However, new reports confirm that the cyclops shark, sliced from the belly of a dusky shark caught by a commercial fisherman in Gulf of California this summer, is indeed real.
Dr. Felipe Galvan Magnana, a Mexican marine biologist, at the Interdicsiplinary Centre of Marine Science, is about to publish a scientific paper that claims that the cyclops shark is indeed real, the New York Daily News reports.
"This is extremely rare," said Magana to the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing blog in July. "As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded."
The albino cyclops was one of ten sharks found in the female shark. The other nine were perfectly normal.
However, Fox News explains that "cyclopean" is a real development anomaly that can also affect human fetuses.
The fisherman who caught the cyclops shark is hanging on to its preserved remains- and scientist have recently had the chance to x-ray the fish to authenticate it.
Photos of the shark can be found here.