Most fishing boats at stay around the Gulf of California would usually get the occasional big fish, like a shark, when they’re fishing. However in 2011, a fishing crew that was setting nets off the Baja California Surcoast caught more than just the regular shark. It was pregnant with a unique albino baby that only had one eye in the center of its face.
The shark’s strange look was the result of its forebrain or prosencephalon failing to divide into the two hemispheres that most brains have during its embryonic development. Since its brain didn’t separate, a single optic lobe developed, hence the Cyclops result. Conditions like these often end up in miscarriages while those who actually survive until birth would die in a day or so. Since sharks need to defend themselves the moment they are born, it wouldn’t have the chance because of its birth defect.