Aptly known as the spook fish, this translucent ocean dweller’s telescope-like eyes face directly upward to keep an eye on potential prey. To enhance its vision, the barreleye’s head is completely transparent, so as to allow its eyes to collect even more incident light and aid in its collection of food. Pretty cool!
No, 60 isn’t a number representing the amount of teeth this shark has in one row; it’s the staggering amount of miles it can swim in one hour. Meet the mako shark.
Sharks are equal parts terrifying, mysterious and incredible. With around 400 shark species existing in the world today, each has its own aesthetic, hunting techniques and temperament. Here are seven of the world’s coolest shark species:
Growing to more than 40 feet in length, whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world. Despite their size, whale sharks prefer to feed on plankton, not people. Whale sharks also catch small fish and other animals by swimming with their mouth wide open. In a mechanism called “cross-flow filtration,” the shark uses its jaws to filter what enters into its mouth.
Translated as New World Transparent Specimens, in his latest art series Japanese artist Iori Tomita transforms fish and other marine creatures into transparent, eye-popping artwork. Unsurprisingly, his unique talent for converting carcasses into neon art specimens has captured the attention of millions of viewers and fans.
Well-known for its horn-like tusks (which is actually an elongated canine), the narwhal has attracted an understandable amount of attention throughout the centuries. According to Inuit legend, the narwhal received its tusk after a woman was dragged into the water by a narwhal, transformed into one, and thus the tusk–modeled after the woman’s spiraled hair–soon appeared.