Researchers Capture Rare Video of Alien-Like Fish With See-Through Head

by Madison Miller
Photo by: DeAgostini/Getty Images

At one point, clear backpacks were the “it” fashion choice for younger people. If you were walking behind a person with one of these bags, they were quite literally an open book.

You could see everything they were holding — from lotion to books to chewing gum.

Now, imagine this same concept, but in fish-form. This is what scientists found off the coast of California in Monterey Bay.

Alien-Like Fish Spotted by Researchers

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute released the footage of the mysteriously eery-looking fish. It looks like it flopped straight from Mars and landed deep in our oceans.

Researchers were doing a deep dive at the time with a remote-operated vehicle. They were at about 2,000 to 2,600 feet deep when they spotted the fish. It is actually known as a barreleye fish and can grow to be about six inches long.

“MBARI’s remotely operated vehicles Ventana and Doc Ricketts have logged more than 5,600 successful dives and recorded more than 27,600 hours of video—yet we’ve only encountered this fish nine times! The barreleye lives in the ocean’s twilight zone, at depths of 600 to 800 meters (2,000 to 2,600 feet),” the organization posted.

The fish has massive eyes that are used in order to search for prey in complete darkness. The eyes can, somewhat alarmingly, rotate underneath that opaque layer of tissue so the fish can properly search for food.

The eyes are also a light green color and the body of the fish looks to be an interesting shade of brownish-red. The transparency in the head certainly makes it look alien-like, but it also provides a gorgeous sparkling glow as it swims.

Cheeseburger Creature Spotted in Water

Meanwhile, in Russia, a fisherman found a fish that looks like something you’d pull out of a Burger King bag, not the deep ocean.

According to Daily Mail, Roman Fedortsov works on commercial trawlers and fishes up to 3,000 feet below the surface. He shared an image on social media of his most recent capture.

“Is it a sea cheeseburger with teeth? Or new chicken sandwich from some fast food restaurant?” he wrote as a caption.

It really does look like a hastily prepared burger from a fast food joint, grease and all. While some people were alarmed by the strange-looking deep-sea fish, others were highly entertained.

One person lovingly tagged their friend and wrote “actually no this is u.”

Another less-than-pleasant fish also washed ashore on a Southern California beach. It was alive at the time, showing off an array of sharp fang teeth that made it look like a snake.

It is known as a lancetfish, which usually calls the Twilight Zone home. This is part of the ocean just beyond the reach of sunlight.

Somehow, it ended up on a sunny California beach. After witnesses spotted the fish they took a video, but then threw it back into the ocean.