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Old 02-24-2009, 08:07 AM   #1
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Default Hey look guys - it's a fish with a transparent head!



February 23, 2009--With a head like a fighter-plane cockpit, a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes—topped by green, orblike structures—in a picture released today but taken in 2004.

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.

--Richard A. Lovett

FIRST PHOTOS: Fish With Transparent Head, "Barrel" Eyes



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Old 02-24-2009, 08:23 AM   #2
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i think that's god

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:26 AM   #3
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he looks so chilled out and cool with his see-through existence

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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They should make a Pixar movie out of this.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:53 AM   #5
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That fish looks intelligent and sad. It is as if he is aware he is a freak.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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Front-mounted eyes on a fish look so out of place.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:45 AM   #7
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Front-mounted eyes on a fish look so out of place.


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.

Since the eyes are upright tubes, "it just looked like [they only] looked straight up," MBARI marine technician Kim Reisenbichler said. But by watching live fish from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and by bringing a barrelfish to an aquarium for study, the scientists discovered that the eyes can pivot, like a birdwatcher pointing binoculars.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:47 AM   #8
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Correction: Front-mounted smell organs on a fish look so out of place.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:56 AM   #9
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this has made my day

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:04 PM   #10
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that fish is pretty cute for having a transparent head.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:07 PM   #11
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that is fucking AWESOME.

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:16 PM   #12
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man nature kicks far more ass than we'll ever be able to

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:02 PM   #13
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humans like to talk about other animals sometimes

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:04 PM   #14
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is it a fish named wanda?

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:28 PM   #15
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that fish is pretty cute for having a transparent head.
If only we all had transparent heads...

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:41 PM   #16
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humans like to talk about other animals sometimes
humans like to draw other animals sometimes

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:39 PM   #17
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:53 PM   #18
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I can make out the face this time. That thing has a cute smile. And nice brows.

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:43 AM   #19
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man he's got some wide-set nostrils

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:55 AM   #20
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the zerg have landed

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:56 AM   #21
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wheres the merman penisfish thing

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:58 AM   #22
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:03 AM   #23
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:05 AM   #24
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I wanted to be free with other creatures like me
And now I got my wish, cause I know that I'm a gay fish

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:11 AM   #25
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That was beautiful.

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:49 AM   #26
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i love the peaceful little face

 
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:10 AM   #27
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i want it for christmas

or an axtotl

 
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