National Geographic : 1983 Jul
sand. There it will remain until some unsuspectingprey ventures within its grasp, attractedperhaps by the dark skinny flap and noodle-like lures that the stargazersticks outfrom its mouth (upper left). Its small eyes (left), cleared of sand by the photographer,look HiddenLife of an Undersea Desert upward. Two organsbehind the eyes can generateas much as 50 volts, possibly creatingan electricfield around the stargazerto help detect approachingcreatures.The 12-inch longfish has been known to swallow victims nearly its own length.