Amongst my forwarded emails, I received an interesting information about a very unique fish. It is so unique that I think you too will be quite doubtful about the authenticity of this news. Well, I’ve posted it up for you guys to have a look. Whether you believe it or not, it’s up to you. But it’s such an awesome discovery.
With a head like a fighter-plane cockpit, a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes–topped by green, orblike lenses. The very existence of this unique creature was captured in 2004 but only recently, on 23 Feb 2009 the photo was finally released to the public.
The fish, discovered alive in the deep water off California’s central coast by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), is the first specimen of its kind to be found with its soft transparent dome intact.
The 6-inch (15-centimeter) barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) had been known since 1939–but only from mangled specimens dragged to the surface by nets.
The beady bits on the front of the Pacific barreleye fish in this picture released February 23, 2009, aren’t eyes but smell organs.
The grayish, barrel-like eyes are beneath the green domes, which may filter light. In this picture the eyes are pointing upward–the better to see prey above in the darkness of the barreleye’s deep-sea home.
The barreleye lives more than 2,000 feet (600 meters) beneath the ocean’s surface, where the water is almost inky.
The transparent-headed fish spends much of its time motionless, eyes upward, MBARI scientists discovered while watching the barreleye fish from a remotely operated vehicle.