Name That Animal

This is just for fun. For anyone who hasn’t played before, the only rule is:  No researching.  Just post your best (or worst) guess in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tomorrow morning.

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14 Comments

  1. mikken

     /  December 30, 2013

    WHAT?! Now you are just making things up.

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    • heh, when I first saw the photo, I too wondered if it was a hoax so I checked with Google before posting. Apparently an actual animal.

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  2. FixCharlotte

     /  December 30, 2013

    OMG!!! That is the weirdest fish I have ever seen!

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  3. Globe Fish?

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  4. WOW.. no clue, no guess, That is so strange and beautiful

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  5. I read about this fish a couple weeks ago, but don’t remember the name. It is incredible to be able to see right into his/her head.

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  6. Eucritta

     /  December 30, 2013

    It’s a deep-sea fish nicknamed the ‘barreleye,’ which I mainly remember because I think it ought to be ‘bubblehead’ and then am reminded it isn’t – it was named for specimens whose heads had collapsed after death, after they’d been dragged up to the shallows. Its eyes are the round green things on thick stalks inside the bubble, so it sees through its head even as we look into it. Very, very weird. I think the benthic seas are a lot like Wonderland, myself, full of strange creatures and seemingly impossible things like seas under the sea.

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  7. Karen F

     /  December 30, 2013

    I looked at the picture and thought, “Dreamfish.”

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  8. Barb

     /  December 30, 2013

    glass fish?

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  9. It would be unfair for me to answer, as a friend sent me a video of this fish recently. But it IS cool. Nature is wondrous.

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  10. Katherine Goard

     /  December 30, 2013

    I saw this on Nat Geo a while back. I think it’s called a “barreleye” ..I think. if I remember correctly. Why, I have no idea.. I would have called it a “see thru head” but now, lol! I really think it’s called a barreleye. What the real name if it is, I have no idea. I’m just lucky to remember this much! and just hope it’s right!

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  11. Rita

     /  December 31, 2013

    What a cool looking fish!

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  12. ANSWER TIME

    This is a barreleye (aka spook fish) and yes – those two googly green orbs inside the transparent head are eyeballs, scanning the water above for stuff to eat. Wikipedia explains:

    [B]arreleyes remain just below the limit of light penetration and use their sensitive, upward-pointing tubular eyes—adapted for enhanced binocular vision at the expense of lateral vision—to survey the waters above. The high number of rods in their eyes’ retinae allows barreleyes to resolve the silhouettes of objects overhead in the faintest of ambient light (and to accurately distinguish bioluminescent light from ambient light), and their binocular vision allows the fish to accurately track and home in on small zooplankton such as hydroids, copepods, and other pelagic crustaceans.

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