not the sloth – this!

That Chris Packham was on the telly last night (again, you might say) doing a program about the ten best discoveries of the decade, natural history wise of course.  Number one was a sloth that sits in splendid isolation on an island off Venezuela. No, no, no, no, no!

This was obviously the wrong choice.  The correct choice for the best discovery had been dismissed at the beginning of the show.  A fish with a see-through head.

A fish.  With a see-through head.

Its given name is the Barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) and it looks like it has eyes above its mouth but they are nostrils and its eyes are in the top of its head staring out of its see-through head.  It is the weirdest mofo on the face of the planet and should have won hands down.  Check it out…

I nicked this photo by the way.  I’m not, as you could probably guess, in the habit of taking photographs underwater of fishes with see-through heads.

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