You Can Literally See Through the Head of This Fascinating Fish

It's not hard to know what's going on in the head of a Marcopinna microstoma fish…because you can see right through it! The fascinating creature is instantly recognizable thanks to the transparent and fluid-filled dome on its head, which also offers a glimpse of its eyes–and they aren't what you'd expect. You might think that they're the small, beady dots at the end of the fish's face, but those are actually its nostrils. The real eyes are the brownish tubes inside its head, punctuated by the bright green half spheres.

The six-inch-long M. microstoma lives far beneath the ocean at depths of 2,000 feet to 2,600 feet. It doesn't typically swim and instead hangs motionless in the water using its large, flat fins for stability. The fish points its eyes upwards to help sense the silhouettes of prey. When it finds something to eat (like a smaller fish or jellyfish), it shifts its body into a vertical position and rotates its eyes forward so that it won't lose sight of the meal.

The discovery of the M. microstoma was first documented in 1939, but it was only in 2004 that it was photographed alive. Since then, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have captured the fish in action. Scroll down to see the video, below.

Above photo source: Imgur

Photo source: HideMe

Photo source: Gag Daily

Photo sources: Imgur | Gag Daily

via [The Dodo]





December 2, 2016

Upside Down Christmas Tree Hangs in the Halls of Tate Modern

  Every December, Britain’s Tate Modern debuts its much-anticipated Christmas tree. Designed by a different contemporary artist each year, the famed museum’s trees are both yuletide decorations and works of modern art. This year, Iranian installation artist Shirazeh Houshiary has quite literally turned the tradition on its head with her upside-down evergreen. Suspended by its trunk, the tree hovers above the main entrance’s stunning spiral staircase.

Read Article


December 2, 2016

Photographer Searches for Mystery Wedding Couple After Discovering Film in 50-Year-Old Camera

You never know what you’ll find when you buy something that’s vintage. When photographer Alex Galmeanu bought a rare 50-year-old camera off eBay, he never expected to find an exposed (but undeveloped) roll of film inside. “Of course I had it developed right away,” he wrote, “and, as a surprise again, I was able to recover 10 quite usable images, especially when considering their age.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter