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Fish with transparent head

In Biology, Delights on February 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm


The barreleye fish Macropinna microstoma lives at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of central California — and Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers have discovered that its head is transparent. Its eyes are surrounded by a transparent, fluid-filled shield that covers the top of the fish’s head, and they are free to rotate in any direction. Normally the shield is destroyed when the fish is dredged up to the surface — this is the first time it has been seen intact.


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