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Proto-Blinky caught in Mexico

I’ve always loved going fishing.  My dad used to take me for 3-5 day trips to parc La Vérendrye up in Québec every year to catch some Walleye and Northern Pike.  We always had an awesome time and ate almost everything we caught.  Shore lunches with my dad is one of my best childhood memories.

But if we ever caught something like this, I doubt we’d season it and fry it up.

 

What you’re looking at here is allegedly a bull shark fetus cut out of its mother after she was caught.  And in case your powers of observation are a little rusty, yeah, it’s a cyclops.  Apparently the shark was caught off La Paz, Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez.  And guess what?  That’s right.. scientists are baffled.. go figure.

A brief story about the shark is on the Pisces Sportfishing blog. Pete Thomas Outdoors shared the top image with two shark experts in California and both were skeptical at first, suggesting it was some kind of hoax.

One of them jokingly identified the species as a “Cycloptomus” because of a single eye — if it is, in fact, an actual eye — located just above the mouth.

But Tracy Ehrenberg, general manager at Pisces Sportfising, has been in touch with renowned shark expert Felipe Galvan, who has seen the shark and has even produced a paper on the discovery.

The paper is under scientific review. More information will be shared here when it becomes available.

Is it just me or does that eye look more human than bull shark?  I smell a hoax.

Bull Shark Eye

 

And in case there was ever any doubt…. Simpsons did it!

1 comment to Proto-Blinky caught in Mexico

  • Ubermoogle

    I think PZ would probably be the best qualified to smell out this hoax, but this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclopia

    is an actual congenital deficiency, which, if this baby shark was still in utero, could allow for its preservation. Clearly it wouldn’t last too long outside the womb, but the signalling of sonic hedgehog in the head can and do get disrupted, causing cyclopia in humans and presumably other vertebrates.

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