Here’s looking at you

by Blair
Publish date
23 May 2013
Comments (3)

There are round ones, black ones, orange ones, blue ones. Compound, stalked and spots. Some animals have two, others eight or perhaps 100. Eyes see amazing things and they’re amazing to look at.

I’ve spied many a curious eye looking back at me underwater. Here are 19 fishes, three octopuses, three squid, two rays, a scallop, a seahorse, a shark and a shrimp. Thirty-one belong to marine species, one lives in freshwater. See how many species you can recognise.

An array of marine animal eyes. An array of marine animal eyes.
Image: all photos by Julian Finn
Source: Museum Victoria

Find more information on the species behind the eyes on our Port Phillip Bay Marine Life website.

Editor's note: This will be Blair's last blog post (for now) as he's leaving the museum for other adventures. Now's a good moment to revisit his many posts, or you can just remember him as his colleagues choose to - wearing a silly hat and making anatomical models out of balloons.

Blair's ballon demonstration Blair demonstrating odd genitalia of the animal world using balloons at the Melbourne Museum SmartBar event, January 2013.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

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Johnny 24 May, 2013 09:33
OMG! no, no, it can't be true, please don't tell me the Museum's favourite blogger is moving on! Who could possibly replace those witty, charismatic and informative snippets of info provided by the Blairmeister! Could we please just have 1 more blog? please, please, what about anatomical models made out of balloons!!
Johnny 24 May, 2013 11:23
Oops! sorry, I forgot to answer the question about the number of eyes! Ok, here goes. Fish, Fish, Fish, Squid Fish, Fish, Fish, Octopus Fish, Fish, Stingray, Fish Fish, Octopus, Fish, Stingray Seahorse, Squid, Fish, Fish Octopus, Fish, Fish, Shark Squid, Fish, Fish, Scallop Fish, Fish, Shrimp, Fish Oh, btw, did you want scientific names also?
Blair 24 May, 2013 12:16
Oo exceptionally close, two out of order. Sure why not, have a go at some scientific or common names.
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