Barreleye Fish

Check out this super weird ass fish!

“Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently solved the half-century-old mystery of a fish with tubular eyes and a transparent head. Ever since the “barreleye” fish Macropinna microstoma was first described in 1939, marine biologists have known that its tubular eyes are very good at collecting light. However, the eyes were believed to be fixed in place and seemed to provide only a “tunnel-vision” view of whatever was directly above the fish’s head. A new paper by Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler shows that these unusual eyes can rotate within a transparent shield that covers the fish’s head. This allows the barreleye to peer up at potential prey or focus forward to see what it is eating.”

You can read more about this freak of nature right here! Or check out the movie below to watch this anomaly in action!

7 thoughts on “Barreleye Fish

  1. yah, and the Humpback anglerfish: a.k.a “Melanocetus Johnsonii”, can be the referee!

  2. Im going to have nightmares for weeks just knowing that thing exists……its mouth made me sick. It looked all plasticy. Ugh so gross

  3. that has to be one of if not THE most unbelievable things i have ever seen, as far as animals go.

  4. What are the similarities between an elephant and a tiger?
    Because sir they are both marsupials. Members of the marsupial family.

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