Friday, February 27, 2009

And Speaking of Cool Fish


I had actually meant to blog about this other cool fish before I found out about the psychedelic frogfish:
The fishy denizens of the deep are many, varied and strange, and among the strangest are the barreleyes, swift little hunters with tunnel-shaped eyes that live in the darkness of the deepest waters of Monterey Bay and in other seas worldwide.

For decades, biologists have puzzled over those fishes' eyes, because apparently they could look in only one direction - upward - and have wondered at the role of the mysterious transparent shield that covers their heads much like the cockpits of jet fighter planes.
These are just among the very cool and interesting marine creatures that are being discovered and studied by the folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). We see some of the products of the research at the aquarium itself, but it's always interesting to learn what they're up to.

Check out the full press release at MBARI's website.

I like science.

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