Woman finds rare transparent fish on Tasmanian beach

A Tasmanian woman has shared her incredible find on the sand at Bruny Island, mistaking an almost completely transparent fish for a piece of seaweed.

“I was pretty surprised to see a little eye on it,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Honestly how is it see-through, where’s it brain, or anything inside for that matter,” another commented on the post. ”I’m so confused but so fascinated.”

Biologist at Macquarie University Professor Culum Brown said the peculiar fish was larvae from a species of eel that “hatch way out in the ocean and are initially part of the plankton.”

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Woman finds transparent fish on Tasmanian beach.
A Tasmanian woman shared the incredible clear fish she found on a beach.

“They are small, thin, flat and transparent and as they approach the coast they gradually change and start to become more elongate — the typical eel shape — and become green/brown in colour,” he said via Yahoo News

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“Soon after they start to migrate up rivers and creeks and become increasingly like baby eels (ie they look like little adult eels).”

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