Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fish talk

Now that I am trying to get back into the swing of things, time to dive into one of my favorite topics. Strange animals, espeically strange fish. And here are two that are completely mind blowing.

First up is a fish that has eyes IN ITS HEAD! Its head is transparent and sees through its head. This is just crazy.

February 23, 2009--With a head like a fighter-plane cockpit, a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes--topped by green, orblike lenses--in a picture released today but taken in 2004. The fish, discovered alive in the deep water off California's central coast by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), is the first specimen of its kind to be found with its soft transparent dome intact. The 6-inch (15-centimeter) barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) had been known since 1939--but only from mangled specimens dragged to the surface by nets.
I know some of you think that this is photo shopped. But National Geographic does not photoshop their images. That sort-of defeats the purpose of what National Geographic is trying to do.

Next up is the largest freshwater fish ever caught by rod and reel.
Telegraph---Ian Welch spent 90 minutes tussling with the giant stingray and it took 13 grown men to heave it out of the water.

This fish measured 7ft long and 7ft wide, while its long sting measured 10ft.

It has smashed the previous record of 46 stone for a huge catfish caught in 2005.

Mr Welch, a freshwater biologist, had been visiting Thailand to help with a stingray tagging programme when he landed the fish on the Maeklong River.

I guess technically the ray is a fish, but I don't really classify sharks and rays as fish. But its still a giant ass sting ray. This thing could probably kill about three Steve Irwin's.

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