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Barreleyes (Macropinna microstoma)

Barreleyes or Macropinna microstoma is arguably the weirdest fish in the world.  This stranger creature has a translucent head that you can see right through!  Their eyes rotate upwards in their heads giving them the ability to actually see the area above itself! That's right, these deep sea creatures actually keep an eye on potential predators or food that is swimming in waters above them.
These pictures were taken off the coast of California, but little more is know about the habitat of this rarely seen fish. Barreleyes can grow to only about 4.4 cm and are also known as Spookfish. They are found in waters of 16 to 1015 meters deep. Check out this strange fish in action in the video below...

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8 comments:

Paul Clos said...

Imagine the possibilities? To actually look through your own head! I assume the reason humans don't need this is because our necks can move vertically. Unlike most fish, these fish need this to survive in deep sea waters.

Anonymous said...

I like your site. That's a lot of fish!

Anonymous said...

This Fish should be investigated by scientists because even in big websites there is some unknown Information and even so They are like weird but really unknown

Anonymous said...

Anybody else freaked out a little by this fish? Looks almost human...

Anonymous said...

What an opportunity for the scientests! This fish could help them a lot. I suggest they search for more information about this fish, and then, who knows what will happen! Amazing! Those organs, in its head could do wonders for scentific minds.
Now, like I promised, my name, is Em, well, that's the short of it, and I am not as old as you'd think.

Anonymous said...

OH, I forgot, awesome fish, awesome website, this is Em again, (formerly XXXXXXXX) and I wanted to say, WOW!!!!!!! Science, get ready for this fish.
(My next comment is on the monkfish) See ya there!
PS. GO science! This is truly wonderful for your studies.

Anonymous said...

More info on the barrelfish here: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/02/weird-eyed_fish.php

Awesome site! I keep disovering so many amazing fishes.

oceanman said...

There is only 609 living. Known

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