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This week in Fish: Deepsea fish with four eyes?

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 01 Jul 2011

This week we feature the incredible Glasshead Barreleye along with underwater images of the famous Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark.  We show divers descending through clear water at the Kermadec Islands and watch a Pacific Leaping Blenny go through its paces.  Thank you very much to everyone who contributed.

Head of a Glasshead Barreleye

Adrian Flynn © Adrian Flynn

Deepsea fish with four eyes?

This has to be one of the strangest fishes you will ever see!  Adrian Flynn sent images of the this amazing fish collected from a depth of about 1000 m. The Glasshead Barreleye has not only true eyes that look upwards but also 'secondary eyes' that collect light from the sides and below. Thank you Adrian for the images and supplementary information.

Cookiecutter shark underwater

Thank you to Joshua Lambus who has allowed us to use his great images of a Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark swimming at night off Kona, Hawaii. This fish is famous for its feeding technique.

New images:

Common Stingaree, Trygonoptera testacea
Divers descending
Juvenile Rough Bullseye
Spikefin Goby, Discordipinna griessingeri

New factsheet:

Galapagos Shark, Carcharhinus galapagensis

New Research Associate image:

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan

New blog post:

Pacific Leaping Blenny doing its thing

Tags fishes, ichthyology, Glasshead Barreleye, Smalltooth Cookiecutter Shark,