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The Barreleye See Through Head Mystery

The barreleye has been known to science since 1939 but scientists have never understood why the fish had a see-through head. Well now researchers at MBARI have solved the mystery: the barreleyes’ see-through heads allow them to read each others’ thoughts!

OK not true. Actually, their see through heads allow their long tubular eyes to actually stare up through their own noggins. We strongly suggest you go visit the sea monkeys at Deep Sea News to get the whole story. But if you don’t care about “facts”, and just want pretty pictures and scintillating see-through fish video, well, we got that for you.

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Thanks to Josh Attenberg for alerting us to this.

Comments

  1. #1 humorix
    February 24, 2009

    I think that it is about a goldfish in a polythene bag.

  2. #2 Tyler
    February 24, 2009

    This is why I love your site. Golly, animals are so effing cool.

  3. #3 Phil
    February 24, 2009

    I want a tranparent head too.

  4. #4 Andrew B
    February 24, 2009

    where can i get see-through head sushi?

  5. #5 milkshake
    February 24, 2009

    I have seen something like this in Burton’s sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks!

  6. #6 Lilian Nattel
    February 24, 2009

    How cool!

  7. #7 Jenbug
    February 24, 2009

    *Man*, when I see things like this I have to wonder about my grammar school science textbooks and WHY they chose to leave this out.

    It’s probably a good thing I no longer work for a children’s science textbook publisher–I’d totally ditch one chapter in favor of just pictures and pictures of crazy stuff like this with captions reading ‘HOLY CRAP NO WAY SEE-THROUGH HEAD FISH!!!!’ Thank waffles there are REAL scientists writing those books!

  8. #8 ym
    February 24, 2009

    Jeezelouise, unbelievable.

  9. #9 Patrick
    February 24, 2009

    This blew my mind.

  10. #10 Zelly
    February 25, 2009

    It took me quite a while to actually see the eyes the correct way. “little things…green things…blobs…and OH. There.”

    Why is it that the clear part seems almost luminescent?

  11. #11 Pat K.
    February 25, 2009

    That doesn’t even seem real, yet it IS. I too had to look twice for the eyes. What LOOK like eyes are the nose holes…the eyes are inside the head…green. Really bizarre and even a bit creepy.

  12. #12 alufelgi
    February 25, 2009

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  13. #13 Pat
    February 27, 2009

    Dearest poster alufelgi,

    Perhaps you have been staring at the strange see-through-head fish waaaaay too long????

  14. #14 bursa evden eve nakliyat
    February 27, 2009

    strangr seelarrsst for thanks

  15. #15 mobilya
    March 17, 2009

    thank site

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    March 17, 2009

    good nice

  17. #17 evlenmek istiyorum
    March 18, 2009

    thanks

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    July 13, 2009

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  19. #19 GekkoG
    July 13, 2009

    From what I’ve seen of nature programs, certain birds of paradise might prefer a puppet to the real thing. It looked to me that if the female just stayed still long enough that was considered ‘acceptance’ and the male just hopped on top.

    And I feel like I need to know what words this little guy was saying that would turn off his female companion. For my own edification mostly, but also because I’m sure that we’re missing out on some serious comedy gold.

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