Albino baby shark with one eye absolutely baffles fishermen

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Fishermen have been left shocked after finding a rare baby albino shark with only one eye.

The utterly unusual creature was found inside the belly of an adult shark that died after being caught in the nets while the fishermen were sailing across Maluku province in Indonesia on October 10.

The adult shark was cleaned and its belly was cut open to remove the gut, but the fishermen found the tiny white cyclops inside.

It had one eye in the middle of its head and a milky-white colour, its fins and other parts already formed.

The shark was found inside a larger shark caught in the nets. Source: Australscope
The shark was found inside a larger shark caught in the nets. Source: Australscope

Andy, 29, said the shark could have been pregnant with the rare baby before it was accidentally caught in the net.

“We found three babies inside its stomach, but one of them looked strange with only one eye. Its colour was strange too, like milk,” he said.

The fishermen reported the incident to the local marine office before turning over the strange baby shark. The creature was already dead when they found it.

The baby shark had a condition called Cyclopia, a birth deformity that causes the embryo to form only one eye instead of two.

Its other condition, Albinism, forces the shark to produce low amounts of melanin, which is responsible for pigment in the body.

Australscope

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