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Mar 3 / Dave Schumaker

Proof that Evolution Wins: Macropinna microstoma

Though not sure what this is proof of actually winning. I’m not sure what purpose the “cockpit style eyes” serve. Regardless, what a crazy sea creature. For more information on Macropinna microstoma, turn to the Wikipedia:

Macropinna microstoma is the only species of fish in the genus Macropinna, belonging to Opisthoproctidae, the barreleye family. It is recognized for a highly unusual transparent, fluid-filled dome on its head, through which the lenses of its eyes can be seen. The eyes have a barrel shape and can be rotated to point either forward or straight up, looking through the fish’s transparent dome. M. microstoma has a tiny mouth and most of its body is covered with large scales. The fish normally hangs nearly motionless in the water, at a depth of about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to 800 metres (2,600 ft), using its large fins for stability and with its eyes directed upward.

More information is available from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

[Via Boing Boing]

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