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    Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    LOL.




    In this world of Photoshop and online scams, it pays to have a hearty dose of skepticism at reports of something strange — including an albino fetal shark with one eye smack in the middle of its nose like a Cyclops. But the Cyclops shark, sliced from the belly of a pregnant mama dusky shark caught by a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of California earlier this summer, is by all reports the real thing. Shark researchers have examined the preserved creature and found that its single eye is made of functional optical tissue, they said last week. It's unlikely, however, that the malformed creature would have survived outside the womb.
    "This is extremely rare," shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana of Mexico's Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar told the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing blog in July. "As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded." [See photos of the one-eyed "Cyclops" shark]
    Pisces Fleet, a sportfishing company, rocketed the Cyclops shark to viral status online this summer with their photos of the creepy-cute creature. But this isn't the first time that reports of a mythical-seeming creature have spurred media sensations — last week alone, Russian officials announced "proof" of a Yeti, and paleontologists spun a theory about an ancient Kraken-like squid. Few reports of mythical beasts, however, come with proof.
    Cyclops shark
    The Cyclops shark is an exception. While rare, "cyclopia" is a real developmental anomaly in which only one eye develops. Human fetuses are sometimes affected, as in a 1982 case in Israel reported in 1985 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. In that case, a baby girl was born seven weeks early with no nose and only one eye in the center of her face. The infant, who lived only 30 minutes after birth, also had severe brain abnormalities.
    In 2006, a kitten born with one eye and no nose (a rare condition called holoprosencephaly), created a stir online as news organizations and bloggers tried to determine if the bizarre photos of the animal were real. A veterinarian confirmed the kitten's condition; "Cy," as the cat was known, lived only a day. The remains were sold to the creationist Lost World Museum.
    The fisherman who discovered the Cyclops shark is reportedly hanging on to the preserved remains, news outlets reported. But scientists have recently examined and X-rayed the fish, authenticating the catch. According to Seth Romans, a spokesman for Pisces Fleet, Galvan Magana and his colleagues will publish a scientific paper about the find within the next several weeks.
    Romans told LiveScience that the fisherman who caught the strange shark is "amazed and fascinated" by the attention his catch has drawn.
    It's not the first strange shark fetus Galvan Magana has found; he and his colleagues discovered two-headed shark embryos in two different female blue sharks. It's possible that one embryo started to split into twins, but failed to completely separate because of crowding in the womb, the researchers reported in January 2011 in the journal Marine Biodiversity Records.

    Cyclops Shark & Other Cryptic Creatures Make October Creepy - Yahoo! News


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    Re: Oh my god they do exist.

    Anybody else read the title and think of the M&M Christmas commercial?



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    Re: Oh my god they do exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by zwclones51
    Anybody else read the title and think of the M&M Christmas commercial?
    That's the first thing I thought of.



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    Re: Oh my god they do exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by zwclones51 View Post
    Anybody else read the title and think of the M&M Christmas commercial?
    Now that you mention it, I agree.



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    Re: Oh my god they do exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by MLawrence View Post
    That's the first thing I thought of.
    I thought the OP was excited for finally finding his lil buddies.


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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    Moon rocks?




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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    My favorite X-Man, and now my favorite shark.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    My favorite X-Man, and now my favorite shark.
    Surely it's optic blasts make it nature's most dangerous predator.



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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Surely it's optic blasts make it nature's most dangerous predator.
    For the sake of the seas, we can only hope.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    For the sake of the seas, we can only hope.
    To protect us from the Magneto Orcas, yes, we must hope.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    To protect us from the Magneto Orcas, yes, we must hope.
    I don't understand why they lock those Orcas up instead of finishing the job. How many times do they have to break out before we get the point?


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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    no lasers?


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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    Sharks with freaking laser beams attached to their friggin heads



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    Re: Oh my god Cyclops does exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    My favorite X-Man, and now my favorite shark.
    So essentially what you're saying is sharks with laser beams attached to their friggin' heads actually do exist?


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