An Indonesian fisherman appears to have got considerably more than he bargained for after catching a shark in his trawler.
Abdullah Nuren, from the village of Pepela on Rote Island, near West Timor, said he was out fishing with his brother on Saturday night when they discovered a pregnant shark in their nets.
“The next day I split the belly of the mother shark and found three cubs in its stomach,” the 48-year-old was quoted as saying by local outlet Viva.
But while two of the baby sharks looked similar to their mother, one bore an uncannily human face.
Nuren is reported as saying his family helped him to preserve the unusual-looking shark and that his home “has been crowded with people who want to see” it.
While some of his neighbours have reportedly offered to buy it, he has not said yes.
According to the MailOnline, he told reporters: “I think it will bring me good luck.”
Baby shark with 'human face' looks eerily like viral YouTube character https://t.co/0lEm7cunA9 https://t.co/DuG2VYGNT8— New York Post (@New York Post) 1614094490
Dr David Shiffman, a research scientist at the Marine Stewardship Council and Arizona State University, said the shark was unlikely to be a new species – but could be a result of a congenital defect known as cyclopia.
(Assuming it’s real, it’s some kind of birth defect and not a new species. I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything more definitive)— Dr. David Shiffman (@Dr. David Shiffman) 1614096387
While Nuren decided to interpret his discovery as good luck, others were not so sure.
Been trying to stay positive by reframing bad things, so l'd like to take this moment to say I welcome the human-fa… https://t.co/CTkdeZMxFR— Stuart McPherson (@Stuart McPherson) 1614093038
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