Reports have surfaced in the last couple of days that a foetus of an albino cyclops shark has been discovered by fishermen in Mexico. Initially, written off as a hoax due to it’s unbelievable appearance, the shark has now been examined by Mexican biologist Felipe Galvan-Magana and declared real.
The shark has been diagnosed with with cyclopia, a rare defect that causes the development of only one eye.
Shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana, of Mexico’s Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar, said: ‘This is extremely rare. As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded.’
Cyclopia is a rare congenital disorder which causes the failure of the front portion of the brain to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two discrete cavities.
Cyclopia occurs within the spectrum of brain and face defects known as holoprosencephaly, which in severe cases can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.
However doubts still remain from certain corners due to the mammalian appearance of the dusky shark’s eye. Only further examination will reveal the truth behind this unlikely creature.
Simple really, by engaging people at a level most informed people refuse to do. Ms McCarthy spreads her ill-informed diatribe to anyone who’ll listen on any medium available.
Jenny McCarthy’s strength is that she doesn’t just join in the conversation — she assaults it. She has publicly joined an autism organisation, she participates in social media, she writes books and articles, she reaches out to the press and she has a marketing strategy. It even looks like she is going to have her own talk show.
Kevin MD has more:
Really, you couldn’t make this stuff up. The latest “treatment” to come out of the homeopathic community is something called Aqua Nova – basically water that has been purified in order to be diluted with water. As Steven Novella said, “I wish I’d thought of that” in order to take the piss! Respectful Insolence has more:
This is my first post, so is almost definitely going to be some fairly inane drivel. However what I hope to do over the next few weeks is build up a list of upcoming events about various skeptical topics. My second aim is to intercept some traffic from people who may be looking for Supplementary and Complementary Alternative Medicine (SCAM) practitioners (thanks to Mark Cruislip for that) and maybe just entice them here for some information before they make a costly mistake! So if my posts are littered with slightly grammatically incorrect phrases like, “Homeopath London“, or “Reiki London”, you’ll know why.
Well, I’m off to watch the 2nd birthday of The Pod Delusion tonight in Camden, with any luck, one day people might read this and say, “I was there too!”.
Not that likely though…