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    Deepsea Footage of Macropinna microstoma by MBARI

    Photo by MBARI This bizarre fish, Macropinna microstoma, has recently risen to the top of internet popularity. The two green dots within the head of this fish are the lenses to the eyes, which are surrounded by a clear fluid that protects them. This species was first discovered in 1939, however at that time it was […]

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    Photo by MBARI
    This bizarre fish, Macropinna microstoma, has recently risen to the top of internet popularity. The two green dots within the head of this fish are the lenses to the eyes, which are surrounded by a clear fluid that protects them. This species was first discovered in 1939, however at that time it was believed that the fish’s vision was fixed to see only directly above. However, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has discovered this species can adjust their eyes allowing them to see above as well as in front of them.

    This was found  by capturing a single specimen at nearly half a mile deep via a remote operated vehicle and was brought up to the surface and observed on an onboard facility.

    Check out the footage of this deepwater oddity and learn how it utilizes its unique vision to help it survive. 
    For more info head over to DeepSea News.

    4 Comments

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      February 25, 2009 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

      That’s awesome! I hate to always be the one that mentions bad environment issues related to the topic, but I read awhile ago that the way they were discovering a lot of these deep water fish and inverts was from large scale trawling (I hope I have that term right-where they dredge the bottom of the ocean with huge nets)where they’re going deeper and deeper. The article’s point was that it was sad that these creatures are being killed before they can even be identified by science, not to mention what dredging the ocean floors does to our known reefs (basically ripping up everything on the floor). Sorry to go off topic, but deep sea discoveries always remind me of that sad article. Seems like our oceans have SOOOO many strikes against them. However, this is a beautiful fish…thanks Eric!

    2. rarelyseriousb
      February 25, 2009 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

      wow thats nuts. there Is nothing like the diversity of life in the ocean.

    3. February 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM | Permalink

      That thing looks unreal almost fake =P

    4. Tetsuo
      February 26, 2009 at 5:33 PM | Permalink

      Wow, is it a real fish?
      So pretty!!

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