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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Skate Face (Raja rhina)

A skate is a type of flat fish that feeds along the ocean bottom. They have a curious face-like structure on their underside, that is purely anthropomorphic. The eyes are not actually eyes, but olfactory sensors, perfectly placed to mimic the structure of a human face.

Longnose Skate (Raja rhina)
detail of the underside of a young longnose skate (Raja rhina)

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