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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Eyes Have It

Stumbled across this video from last year of the Macropinna microstoma, a deepwater fish with a see-through head that no one appears to want to give a common name. (It's in the barreleye family; being no expert, it's binomial nomenclature looks like "Big-fin small-mouth" to me.)

The fish have been dragged to the surface for decades, but that inevitably leaves their delicate, fluid-filled frontal region mangled beyond recognition. The video is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

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