Wednesday’s WTF!?!: Clear Heads off the California Coast…
A couple of years ago, researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California obtained these amazing images of one Macropinna microstoma, a Barreleye fish with one particularly unusual and striking feature (let’s be honest, it’s fuc$ing awesome!) - it’s transparent, fluid-filled head! Though the species had been known to science prior to this, early drawings failed to include the bewildering bubble bit due to it’s fragility and tendency to collapse when being removed from the depths by nets (Oops…)
Their YouTube page has this to say:
MBARI researchers Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler used video taken by unmanned, undersea robots called remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to study barreleye fish in the deep waters just offshore of Central California. At depths of 600 to 800 meters (2,000 to 2,600 feet) below the surface, the ROV cameras typically showed these fish hanging motionless in the water, their eyes glowing a vivid green in the ROV’s bright lights. The ROV video also revealed a previously undescribed feature of these fish—its eyes are surrounded by a transparent, fluid-filled shield that covers the top of the fish’s head.
This video is narrated by senior scientist Bruce Robison.
For more on this story, see MBARI’s news release at:
- To see some still images of this watery-wonderosity see here