Weird And Wonderful

on Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Regular readers will know that I have an unhealthy fascination on the strange things that go bump in the dark, murky waters. If you missed them, then follow these links and find out why I am "Still not going swimming soon" or why I have "More reasons for not going swimming soon". I haven't quite decided if I found myself swimming next to the Pacific Barreleye fish (above) whether I would be enthralled and fascinated or if I would jump out of the water screaming.

However, since I am safely in my dry bed as I write this post, I do find this animal really weird but wonderful.

To read more about this and other recently found species, visit "Free Your Imagination" which most appropriately invites us to see that nature does exceed the limits of our imagination.


tsduff said...

How big is that fish? Weird - it would be odd to have a see-through head, but it is very interesting. Maybe I'll have to go to the Monterey Aquarium to check it out for myself.

robinhood said...

That which goes plunk, in the dark,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,OR light :)

Dr.John said...

Of course if you swam next to that fish your lungs would collapse since it is found deep in the ocean.

blackcrag said...

That is one weird looking fish. A transparent head? It's giving me a headache trying to imagine it (and that's after watching the video)!

Anonymous said...

That is very cool - I showed the clip to my boys. I have some transparent fish in my aquarium - you can see all of their skeleton.

Joyce's Ramblings said...

It is amazing what is on this planet wether it be in the water or on land.
Question When you were in Canada were you by the forests in British Columbia? Just saw a show about the bears up there and there fishing for salmon.

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh a unique fish for sure - a little scary yet doesn't look like it would harm anyone...

babbler said...

I looove this fishy! Thanks for posting it! I think you are fabulous! Love from "Mrs. Slug" in Oregon

the walking man said...

Odd how some creatures develop their hunt and defense mechanisms. Thanks for bringing another of the worlds creatures to light LGS.

Ruth W. said...

Gosh, he's pretty cute!!

Anonymous said...

wow...what a very fascinating creature! I really don't like what I can't see in the I tend to avoid playing in the water. but I do enjoy learning about animals. There are some very interesting things out there!

Andre said...

Way cool!

I think it would be just as cool if people had transparent heads. Of course, with some folks that would mean we could see right through them to the other side (not much inside to block our view). :)

Still, awesome pics/video.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Not a big fish at all. If you do go and check it out at the Monterey Aquarium, tell us about it.

or see-thru' :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Dr John,
Very sharp of you to notice that fact. I guess that is another reason why I'd be freaking out if I saw that fish (as it would mean I was sinking to the bottom of the ocean).

I too can't get my mind around this.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I wonder what it would be like if you could look straight into and through people's head in your business. If they were depressed, would blue lights appear in their heads? :)

Unfortunately, I spent almost no time in the forests of BC but I did go see the salmon run in a small river somewhere near Hope, BC.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

yeah, it's weird but not dangerous.

babbler/Mrs. Slug,
Thanks for your enthusiasm. Glad you like the strange little fish.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

This little fish spends most of its time looking up with its tubular eyes. And where you expect to see its eyes are two spots but those are olfactory organs. Weird and wonderful.

Glad you think it is cute!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I can understand what you mean but still I would like to swim with some of these sea creatures.

If only we could make it compulsory for politicians to have transparent heads which show exactly what they are thinking.

Anonymous said...

I do NOT look at these creatures. They are meant to stay out of sight. They scare the shit out of me (excuse me for that rude description). One of the scariest things ever in my life was a visit to an museum with deep-sea-creatures - No. never again. Sorry.

geewits said...

I think that fish's head looks like a terrarium.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

That's cool, man. Even for me, my curiosity just wins over my aversion to these deep sea creatures.

Terrarium? Interesting comparison. I was thinking more about that scene from the movie Hannibal when he cut open the guy's head. Creepy.

kat said...

so fascinating1 thank you!

i am not getting in the water either... a 4 feet deep pool is all I can handle comfortably.

I am reminded to visit my wonderful georgia Aquarium soon!

Zaxy said...

I could hug you for your kind words about my New Species blog (free your imagination). :) and your post here made me laugh-- i had read your previous posts about why you aren't going swimming soon, and when you followed them with this, it was a great tickle! :o)

as one squirrel lover to another, i thought i'd pass along a small gift as way of saying, 'how kind!'-- have you had your fill of squirrel pancakes yet today?
all the best,

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