Oceans are the home of strange and wonderful fish like the Frilled Shark, the red-lipped Batfish, or the different types of Anglerfish. But I never heard of the Barreleye fish before. With a conceited snout and a slow, pale glance this peculiar deep sea fish's got a un-fishlike face, but most remarkably, his dark-scaled body has a transparent head. It looks very surreal, like it has been made up and only lives in imaginary waters. I'd love to capture this odd animal in paint some day.
Today the Barreleye fish is news. It's eyes were believed to be fixed in place (which could only give it a tunnel vision view), but researchers now know that it can rotate his eyes within the transparent shield that covers his head so he's able to look up at potential prey or look forward to see what it is eating. There's a clip (and more photo's) on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's website.