A faceless fish is breaking the internet with its hideous amorphous front end, and confusing people trying to make sense of it all. As you might have guessed this fish comes from the deep sea, at more than 4 kilometers down where it has become specially adapted to an environment with little to no light.
The Faceless Fish is actually a species of cusk eel called Typhlonus nasus brown banded cusk eelthat was recently collected on a deep sea survey and hadn’t been seen in more than a hundred years. Cusk eels are a common group of marine fish, more common in deeper parts of the ocean but occasionally an attractive species like the the makes their way to an aquarium, but by and large these ugly non-ornamental fish.
Of course we know from cave fish that this fish probably has tiny undeveloped eyes underneath that mass of tissue around its head, and there’s a tiny hideous mouth slung far underneath that slimy ball head. We have an appreciation for all sorts of aquatic life but we can’t imagine what this fish would look like and swimming around in an aquarium, nor would we want to! [Gizmodo]