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New fish species with four eyes discovered


Posted on Wednesday, 26 March, 2014 | Comment icon 13 comments

The Tasman Sea as seen from New Zealand. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Phillip Capper
Researchers have identified an unusual type of fish in the Tasman Sea that sports two pairs of eyes.
While some types of fish possess eyes that give them a wide viewing angle to help spot predators, the newly discovered Glasshead barreleye is capable of complete 360-degree vision thanks to having not two but four eyes with which to see what's coming.

Found by a German research team in the murky depths of the ocean between Australia and New Zealand, this silvery fish uses one set up cylindrical eyes that look upward and a second set that look out to the sides. Its head even features a special lens capable of picking up signs of bioluminescence from other creatures.

The Glasshead barreleye grows up to 18cm in length and can be found at depths of up to 1000m.

Source: Optometry.co.uk | Comments (13)

Tags: Fish, Ocean

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by WoIverine on 26 March, 2014, 15:35
Fukushima fish.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 26 March, 2014, 17:06
Not a very attractive fish. Hey - A fish gotta eat! Imagine one of those stuffed and mounted hanging on your wall.
Comment icon #6 Posted by royclark6678 on 26 March, 2014, 17:43
SAW THAT FISH ALREADY ON THE SIMPSONS!
Comment icon #7 Posted by alfonso on 26 March, 2014, 18:57
there should be a lot more odd looking sea creatures appearing soon no doubts ... thanks to the spillage from the fukishima nuclear disaster
Comment icon #8 Posted by Oppono Astos on 26 March, 2014, 18:58
SAW THAT FISH ALREADY ON THE SIMPSONS! You beat me to it...
Comment icon #9 Posted by theotherguy on 26 March, 2014, 19:13
Weird-looking thing. Anableps.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 26 March, 2014, 20:32
A fish with glasses? Get it? Four eyes? Ahh? Ahhhh? Nevermind.
Comment icon #11 Posted by coldethyl on 26 March, 2014, 23:42
Hey - A fish gotta eat! Imagine one of those stuffed and mounted hanging on your wall. No way I would mount anything and hang it on my wall! Ew!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 26 March, 2014, 23:58
it's blinky!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Calibeliever on 27 March, 2014, 17:47
I figured they found it in the Hudson


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