Photograph courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Fishermen and scientists have found pieces of the unusual Pacific barreleye fish in their nets since 1939, but the first photos of live, intact fish were released today. Their grayish, barrel-like fish eyes are upright tubes, which are protected by a transparent dome on the top of the head, similar to the cockpit of a fighter plane.
Because of the position of the eyes, “it just looked like [they
only] looked straight up,” Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
marine technician Kim Reisenbichler said. But by watching live fish the
scientists discovered that the eyes can pivot, like a birdwatcher
Read more about the Pacific barreleye fish and see more pictures on National Geographic News.
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