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#1 laz217


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Posted 19 April 2004 - 07:19 PM

Does anyone know any information on what causes and what use does the Ballonfish have for this strange blue/green pattern across its eyes?

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#2 Helge Suess

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 11:02 PM


You should enter the image in this weeks POTW contest. Topic "eye contact"!

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Posted 25 April 2004 - 06:22 PM

We have a few fish up north in BC that have a similar effect, of which the most familiar is a Red Irish Lord. Some fish have more colouration than others. I have a similar shot of a Balloonfish eye with none of the colour effect (darn!). I have heard it is a type of naturally occuring bacteria that cause it, but that may be just diver tales!
I have attached one of these to show the similarity.
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