The Fish with the Observation Deck

by Jennifer Frazer on April 22, 2009

Back in March, I posted a link on Facebook to this blog, the aptly named, “Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why this Fish is So Freakin’ Crazy”, at the Deep Sea News.

The blog includes this clip:

If there was ever a fish that belonged on Futurama . . . this is it. The see-through head apparently protects the fish’s eyes from the stinging sea creatures it steals its food from. I knew there was a reason I keep a pair of safety goggles in my kitchen; you never know when the soup will shoot a nematocyst-covered stinging tentacle your way . . . see Better Off Dead.

But then on Monday, DSN posted a new link to — amazingly — a Colbert Report clip about the fish. Just so you know, Colbert’s reaction is pretty much how I feel about all the crazy organisms I’ll be writing about on this blog. To wit:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Craziest F#?king Thing I’ve Ever Heard – Barreleye Fish
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

If this clip won’t load, you can find the DSN version here.

Oh, and just for the record, the fish’s latin name, Macropinna microstoma, roughly translates to “Big wing little mouth”.

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Debbie Mihal May 4, 2009 at 1:08 am

Fascinating site, Jennifer! I’m passing it along to some friends. Good luck with it!

Jennifer Frazer May 4, 2009 at 1:10 am

Thanks, Debbie! I really appreciate it. : )

michael V May 5, 2009 at 2:41 am

Once again ahead of the rest of society. Even Colbert had to play catch up. Great start keep it up.

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