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“Telescopefish” Its eyes help see bioluminescent prey the dark zones 3000 m deep

The telescope fish is a striking, colorful creature that exists in deep-sea tropical and subtropical ecosystems. The telescope fish exists in depths of three-quarter miles to 1.3 miles down.

Living deep below surfaces and away from natural light, these fish live in dark waters.

To compensate, Mother Nature gave the telescope fish tubular eyes that jut from the skull like a pair of binoculars.

The feature lets the fish see and find prey in the most mesopelagic twilight zones.

The fish uses their unique eyes to find food. They swim, directing the eyes up toward surfaces.

This allows them to spot silhouettes of their prey. It’s believed the fish move vertically in the water column to see both prey and predator.

These animals have protruding eyes with small glass shields. The bubble lenses consist of around two dozen dorsal spines.

From the right angle, they also look like binoculars or more specifically a pair of telescopes.

The fish have large heads and a greenish-blue color with a silvery underside. They have blue dotting and small brown lines that form stripes along the sides and back.

The fish have tough, slimy scales and a sharp snout. The tail makes up almost half the body.

There is actually little known about the amphibians. Tracking them is difficult and capturing them isn’t practical as duplicating their ecosystems would be a chore in any manmade environment. They can grow up to 16 inches in length.

The telescope fish lives in the marine oceans of Tasmania, southern Chile, New Zealand, Amsterdam, Saint Paul, and Gough Island.

The population, though not closely monitored, is considered healthy and of “Least Concern” by conservationist groups.

In several cases, the fish are not evaluated at all, such as at the IUCN. There’s not enough information about the numbers to generate reliable data.

The fish has a habitat range across sub-Antarctic bodies of temperate cool waters.

The telescope scope is located in depths of over 66 feet within the water columns and up to 2,000 miles below surfaces. They’re also found in surge channels and large low tidal pools.

While relatively solitary by nature, the telescope fish tends to travel in groups. You’ll never find a single telescope fish by itself.

The groupings make for easier hunts. It’s also a good way for the animals to watch everyone’s six for predators.

The telescope goldfish is an exotic fish and not to be confused with the telescope fish.

In fact, they have nothing in common except protruding opticals. But while the telescope fish’s eyes jut forward, the goldfish version has eyes that pop out on the sides.

The length of the protrusion can vary, but the eyestalks can extend almost three-quarters of an inch. Juvenile goldfish are born with normal-sized eyes. The telescoping effect doesn’t begin until the fish begins to mature. Like any other goldfish, this creature is a domesticated pet found in many household tanks.