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The Pacific Barreleye: a super chill fish with a see-through head

Aug 27, 2012

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I have a case of the Mondays (which totally exist, no matter what “science” says), I look at sea creatures to feel better. They’re not as cute as kittens rubbing their eyes, but some rare fish are so beautiful, grotesque or alien-like that when I remember they’re right here on earth with me I get excited. Is that corny? I don’t care.

Anyway, here’s an example of such a fish:

berrel2 adp The Pacific Barreleye: a super chill fish with a see through head

It’s a Pacific Barreleye Fish, also known as a spookfish. Those big green orbs are its eyes, which it can point forward, or straight up through its transparent dome of a head. It grows to about six inches in length and spends much of its time motionless at between 2,000 and 2,600 feet, waiting to feed on small jellyfish.

One more fact: the Pacific Berreleye is part of the family Opisthoproctidae, which is derived from the Greek words opisthe (“behind”) and proktos (“anus”).

Not sure why.

(Via: I Fucking Love Science)

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