The most extraordinary fish species with a transparent head!

Mother Nature keeps boggling one's imagination by its creativity and diversity. Here is yet another bright example!


The Barreleye or Macropinna Microstoma is a 15 cm deep-sea fish native to northern part of the Pacific Ocean. The most remarkable thing about the fish is its unusual exterior – it has a tiny mouth and a massive, totally transparent forehead!

Such forehead seems to shield the fish’s barrel eyes located inside its head which are capable of rotating both vertically and horizontally while the fish is looking out for prey. The unique eyes are of bright green color due to a special yellow pigment.

This unique species was discovered in 1939, but until 2009 biologists didn’t have an opportunity to study it well enough.

Though scientists have learnt a lot about the fish’s anatomy by now, they still know little about its behavior and way of life in the ocean. The main problem is that barreleyes live at the depth of 500 - 800 meters or even deeper!

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36 Comments
Cathy Imler
That's just so awesome
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Apr 12, 2016 1:29AM
pastone
AWESOME, SOOO UNIQUE
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Apr 14, 2016 8:26PM
Deby Hackney
Deby Hackney
Wow!!!
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Apr 14, 2016 8:32PM
Anita Clark Morton
They're kind of cute!
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Apr 14, 2016 8:42PM
Robert Weltzien
Verrrry interesting, says Arte Johnson.
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Apr 14, 2016 8:47PM
Paul Sterling
Paul Sterling
FREAKY
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Apr 14, 2016 9:00PM
Tom Young
Interesting...
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Apr 14, 2016 9:12PM
Eric Robinson
Eric Robinson
Wow!
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Apr 14, 2016 9:23PM
Patricia Thomas
Wow you learn something new everyday on this site!!!!
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Apr 14, 2016 11:52PM
Ronald Cobb
Ronald Cobb
Yes. What lights up the fish? U would get a real kick out of some of the animals I have seen that live here on earth in what I call in a different dimension. I had a big cat that youcan not see lock in a room for over 37 hours before I let it out. And a cheata is not the fastest animal in the world. In the other dimension there is a animal about the size of a large hub cab that rolls when it moves and is much faster then any thing on earth. I have seen what they call the devil . It has birds feet but not like in pictures. It is a one stud foot and it has double jointed leges, a pot bellie. Gray hair with a hair line with a human size head. About tive foot tall. It has a birds heart beat and breaths air.
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Apr 14, 2016 11:58PM
Yolanda Solis
Very unique
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Apr 15, 2016 12:21AM
Nicole Toma-Tolman
Might be evolved to resemble a jellyfish to avoid certain prey? But yeah... never heard of that unique fish. I can relate with the bulbous forhead, lol.
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Apr 15, 2016 12:32AM
Teo Sinclair
Clearly a head of it's time!
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Apr 15, 2016 2:32AM
Jerry Miller
Mother nature at her best.
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Apr 15, 2016 2:44AM
Kat Frederick
Kat Frederick
Awesome looking Fishie!
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Apr 15, 2016 2:55AM

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