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Barreleye fish finally caught on video

The "barreleye" fish (Macropinna microstoma) is one of the stranger creatures you're going to see this week. The two spots above its mouth are not eyes but are the equivalent of nostrils. Its eyes are the large green objects inside its translucent head. The video was actually shot in 2004 by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (link) but was only released yesterday.

Note that the eyes can rotate in its head depending on where its prey is located and of course where any predators are. The video was shot between about 2000 and 2600' below the surface off the central California coast.

Special note: while this site usually deals with large fishes - especially those which are posing with humans - we've received a special dispensation in this case since the translucent head occupies a large part of this beastie's body.