Strange alien-like fish spotted in the twilight zone of the ocean off the coast of California

I spy with my barrel eye, a new Fresh from the Deep!
During a dive with our education and outreach partner, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the team encountered a rare treat: a barrel-eye fish (microstoma Macropinna).
MBARI’s remotely operated vehicles Ventana and Doc Ricketts have logged over 5,600 successful dives and recorded over 27,600 hours of video – yet we only encountered this fish nine times!
The barrel eye lives in the twilight zone of the ocean, at depths of 600 to 800 meters (2,000 to 2,600 ft).
Their eyes look up to locate their favorite prey – usually small crustaceans trapped in the tentacles of siphonophores – in the shadows they cast in the faint glow of the sun from above.
But how does this fish eat when its eyes point upward and its mouth points forward?
The MBARI researchers learned that the muzzle can rotate its bright green eyes under its transparent fabric dome (head).
Aquarist Tommy Knowles and his team were aboard the MBARI R/V Rachel Carson with our ROV Ventana to collect jellies and comb jellies for the Aquarium’s upcoming Into the Deep exhibit when they spotted this fascinating fish.
The team stopped to marvel at Macropinna before he walked away.

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