A fish with a transparent head. That sounds something straight out of science fiction but, it is everything but science fiction. A fish like that actually exists and lurks in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Known as the Barreleye Fish, it is a true miracle of Nature. You won’t believe until you actually see it. So, without further ado, let us delve deep into the information about this ‘unbelievable’ creature. We are pretty sure you are going to love these Barreleye Fish facts.
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1. Chapman – a marine biologist – was the first person who discovered the Barreleye Fish back in 1939. Unfortunately however, till 2004 no one knew that it had a transparent head.
2. When the fish was being dragged up after being caught on nets, the transparent portion of the head was destroyed simply because it was too fragile.
3. The first ever photograph of the fish showing its transparent head was taken in 2004.
4. Later when technology evolved, scientists were capable of not only capturing the fish in its natural environment but also managed to capture a few specimen.
5. Reisenbichler and Robinson were the two researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute who studied the fish in its natural environment and captured one specimen and studied it in an aquarium.
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6. The Barreleye Fish has one of the most unusual appearance among deep sea creatures. The first thing that one notices is its dome-shaped head that is transparent on the top.
7. Inside the dome (which is actually filled with clear fluid) are its two barrel-shaped or tubular eyes that are embedded inside the head. They remain pointed upward. It was previously believed that the eyes were fixed in that position.
8. Closer examination of the fish revealed that its eyes can actually rotate inside the transparent dome-shaped head, allowing them to look straight ahead and not just upward.
9. These tubular eyes of the fish are known to be ultra sensitive and have a green fluid that is capable of capturing the tiniest bit of light at the great depths at which it lives. It is believed that the fish can filter out whatever sunlight gets through and allow the fish to bioluminescent light emitted by jellies and other sea creatures.
10. The eyes stay pointed upward when the fish looks for food. The eyes point forward when the fish feeds.