IT may look like a creature from some kind of ancient myth – but this ONE EYED shark appears to be the real fin.
The freakish fetus was found inside a larger shark which became trapped in fishing nets off the coast of Maluku province, Indonesia.
When the bigger predator was cut open to remove its guts, shocked fishermen found the tiny white cyclops lurking inside.
The bizarre baby had one large eye in the middle of its forehead along with a milky-white body and fully-formed fins.
It is believed the larger predator was pregnant and carrying the rare fetus when it became caught in the netting.
One of the fisherman said: "We found three babies inside…but one of them looked strange with only one eye.
"It's colour was strange too…like milk."
Those on board reported their strange catch to the local marine office before turning over the unborn baby shark for tests.
The creature was already dead when they found it, the fisherman explained.
The shark’s condition – known as cyclopia – is a rare congenital disorder characterised by the failure of the front portion of the brain to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities.
It occurs within the spectrum of brain and face defects known as holoprosencephaly, which in severe cases can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.
The freak of nature's other apparent condition – Albinism – forces the shark to produce low amounts of melanin, which is responsible for pigment in the body.
The tiny beast is now being compared to another "monster " – Mike Wazowski from the movie Monsters Inc.
It is not the first time a one-eyed shark has emerged from the depths.
In 2011, it was reported one of the extremely rare creatures was found inside the womb of a bull hark in the Gulf of California.
Marine expert Felipe Galvan Magana, of Mexico’s Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar, said at the time: "This is extremely rare.
"As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded."
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