Fish needs see-through head

Barreleye peers out at the world like a fighter pilot does through a windshield

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM March 17, 2009

<a href=#video>View Video</a> | This small, dark barreleye fish has a see-through forehead. The two spots on the front of its face are nostril-like organs, not eyes. For eyes, look inside the clear covering to the pair of green domes. Those are the lenses

View Video | This small, dark barreleye fish has a see-through forehead. The two spots on the front of its face are nostril-like organs, not eyes. For eyes, look inside the clear covering to the pair of green domes. Those are the lenses

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The fish in the picture is alive and you’re looking inside its head. Really. It’s not a medical freak. Just a kind of fish with a naturally see-through forehead.

A new species, you might think. But no. The story is odder than that.

Meet one of...

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