Sunday, March 01, 2009
These images are of a deep-water fish called the Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma)which has a transparent head and strange tubular eyes. It has extremely light-sensitive eyes that can rotate within his transparent, fluid-filled shield on its head. The fish's tubular eyes, well inside the head, are capped by bright green lenses and look very spooky. The two spots above the fish's mouth are not the eyes: those are olfactory organs called nares, which are analogous to human nostrils.