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"CHANGING TIME II"
The cirrate octopod - Cirrothauma murrayi
C. murrayi is virtually blind. The eye lacks a lens; the retina is reduced and continuous with a cornea. The eye is embedded within the gelatinous tissue of the head without connection to the surface. Nevertheless, the eye still functions as a simple photoreceptor that cannot form images. This species is worldwide in distribution and occupies great depths primarily between 1500 and 4500 m, although it has been captured at the surface in an ice hole in the Arctic Ocean…
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photograph by Nautilus Live