What is this weird creature with no eyes?

The Amblyopinae, commonly known as eel gobies or worm gobies, are a subfamily of elongated mud-dwelling gobies. Their two dorsal fins are connected by a membranous structure and their eyes are highly reduced. They are usually pink, red, or purple in coloration. The Amblyopinae contain 12 genera and about 23 species.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: you’ve seen gobies before and they tend to look a bit more “fishy” than the creepy, colourless creature you see here. But what you might not know, is that the Gobiidae family is one of the world’s largest fish families, comprising more than 2,000 species in more than 200 genera! While we certainly don’t condone the amount of poking and prodding this fish received from its captors, the catch does offer up a unique view of an animal rarely caught on camera. Whether or not the fish was released remains unclear.

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