Transparent-Headed Fish

transparentfishA picture taken in 2004 but released this week shows a Pacific barreleye fish—also known as Macropinna microstoma—whose head is a soft transparent dome. This 6-inch barreleye was discovered alive in deep water off the coast of California.

Scientists have known about the Macropinna microstoma since 1939, but only by mangled specimens dragged to the surface by fishing nets. Pictured is the first specimen to be found with its transparent dome still intact.

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