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Rachel Elizabeth
Rachel Elizabeth

wow..yall are special. 



those types of defects are not a recipe for success....could not smell its prey...who knows how its ampullae of laurenzini would have function..had no camoflauge...and a very minimal range of vision.  how dense are you to think it would have survived? at least now it has been documented whereas if it had been born, it would have probably been devoured leaving all traces of its existence unbeknownst to us. 



however..i may question the legality of the catch a little but the fins are intact so ill bite

Carson Woody
Carson Woody

You guys are really dumb... they legally caught a shark and found this UNBORN embryo inside.. it wasn't caught alive.

Tony Barlow
Tony Barlow

It may have been the only one in the world. Another mutation like that may never happen again.>:(

Tony Barlow
Tony Barlow

If it is super rare, why would you remove it from the place where it is starting to spread?

Tony Barlow
Tony Barlow

If it is super rare, why would you remove it from where it is starting to spread?

Nic Ulfson
Nic Ulfson

I'm a little bothered by the fact that they removed this super rare creature form it's natural habitat. What if this is the next stage of evolution for this species and now they are stopping the genetics from being spread.

vahid shams
vahid shams

I don't have comprehensive information on genetics.

Please give me a site to the cause of the event and how to form an eye instead of two eyes to fully explain

vahid shams
vahid shams

wow amazing.
I have no information in the genetic background. Please introduce to me a site for justify of this mutation and also, how the formation of an eye.

Molly Torres
Molly Torres

kinda looks like a fish version of "Mike" from Monsters Inc.

J. Drescher
J. Drescher

Looking at the shark, it seems to hold properties of both the Beluga Whale and a shark species, which would explain the Albinism and the Cyclopia. The fact that they may not survive outside of the womb makes sense as well. Inside the womb it would still be attached to the mother.

Jurgen Hesselbach
Jurgen Hesselbach

What are the chances that this "rare"mutation has nothing to do with pollution including radiation being emitted and purposely dispersed into the ocean by the Fukushima disaster?

Viennah Huxley
Viennah Huxley

@J. Drescher  sharks and beluga whales are not at all related, any resemblance is coincidence or convergent evolution. Also, some sharks are aplacental, and the fetuses aren't attached to the mothers. The fetus will actually eat eachother in the womb. 

Koorosh Forootan
Koorosh Forootan

@Jurgen Hesselbach Because genetic mutations of this degree exist naturally in several species in the wild, and other instances of "cyclops" sharks have been documented.


Genetic mutations like this have always existed. They will more than likely always exist, and they are not always a result of human interference with an environment. You watch too many SciFi movies.

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