Fish Friday: X-rays of fish from California Academy of Sciences show their inner selves

Written by on November 16, 2018 in Rare Critters - No comments

The California  Academy of Sciences, a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth, went underwater for its newest educational post.

The academy is based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and has a  world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof.

For its #XRayDay, the academy descended into the ichthyology department’s radiographs.

See the results from suspiciously cheerful yellowtail surgeonfish to the tiniest known species of hammerhead shark.

The feature photo is Rajella eisenhardti (Roy’s ray) which was collected at a depth of more than 2,600 feet in the Galápagos.


Snooty ghost pipefish prefers you call him by his scientific name, Solenostomus phantasticus.



Prickly deep-sea batfish (collected via research sub during a ’95 Academy Galápagos expedition) featuring retractable “fishing pole” that extends from a sheath straight in front of its head when in use.

The Scorpaena annobonae wants you to stay with it forevvvvvvvver.

The smallest of the known hammerhead species (reaching a max length of 37 inches), this adorable scalloped bonnethead is like a starter shark for those with irrational fears. Just look at the widdle pookums.









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