Thursday, February 26, 2009
And now for something completely different
Meet the barreleye, Macropinna microstoma, a deep-sea fish with a clear head shield and remarkable eyes.
The eyes are actually the green orbs at the top of the head. The green barreleyes rotate to allow the fish to follow its meal -- it eats jellies and other critters. The clear, fluid-filled head-shield is also newly observed. (The small dark marks in front are actually not eyes, but some sort of sensory organ, think nostrils.)
Go here for more info and a video of this remarkable creature from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Isn't nature grand?