Thursday, February 26, 2009

One Amazing Fish

Here is some video footage of Macropinna microstoma, a deep sea fish that was captured on video and on camera in its natural environment for the first time in 2004. The images and video were released this week. The fish has a transparent head with it's eyes embedded inside where they can rotate to view all directions. They've known about the fish for several decades but were unaware of this capability. The video is below and there are some more detailed pics at National Geographic. Apparently it uses the green covering over its eyes to shield it from the sun so it can spot the luminescence of the long jellyfish from which is steals its food.

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