I have often heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. We view the world around us through our eyes, and we express our innermost feelings through our eyes. Couples fall in love by gazing into each other’s eyes. Truly, the eyes are one of the most important aspects of our persona, because so much more than vision is conveyed through the eyes.
In the under water world, eyes are very important. Some fish have large markings that look like eyes to make them look like a predator. Some have camouflaged eyes so that their prey don’t know they are looking. Some eyes are very tiny, and some are hugely out of proportion to their bodies.
There are many songs that have been written about eyes. Poet-Songwriters have described all kinds of situations, feelings, and circumstances by singing about eyes. I thought it might be fun to view the underwater world through some of these song titles:
Fun Fact: Hermit crabs have very expressive eyes and they come in all colors, including polka-dot!
The Stargazer buries itself in the sand, with only it’s eyes exposed.
These bottom dwelling fish have lyin’ eyes. They are hard to see, and don’t really convey the danger “lyin” in wait under the sand.
This flounder’s eyes look like the sand around which it has buried itself while”lying” in wait for it’s prey.
Anemone Fish Eggs with eyes developed
Scorpion Fish affectionately called a “Lion fish”
Frogfish with lure
This fish is a deceiver. It looks like it has one huge eye, so that larger fish think it is bigger and more menacing than it is.
And last but not least:
“Cotton-eyed” Mantis Shrimp
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The Mantis Shrimp have the most interesting eyes. They move independently and are sometimes cross-eyed. This one is a Peacock Mantis