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20 close-up photos of animal eyes show nature’s wonderfully extreme ocular diversity

Aug 6, 2012 By Abraham

Photographer Suren Manvelyan has taken a series of extreme close-ups on eyes across as many species as he can. The result is beautifully amazing…


Guinea Pig






Albino Python



Coral Zebra Fish


Discus Fish





Siamese Cat




    1. Lainey says:

      I agree ~ ~ Some goat’s eyes are aMAZEing! Those pupils allow them to have phenomenal peripheral vision.

  1. Lulu says:

    My parrot ( double yellow amazon) has yellow eyes with red edges, and they dilate and shrink rapidly when he’s excited.

    I had a boss who had an ocelot as large as a bengal tiger ( our mutual vet said he was the oldest known ocelot in captivity, and I guess he just kept growing). I found out she had him when I dropped by her house on business, and was ushered into the living room by her maid. This giant cat was lying on the floor, looking at me, and flicking the tip of his tail. Decades later, what strikes me is his round pupils, They, not his sheer size or brawn, filled me with terror and rooted me to the spot. Moral to the story – don’t look a predator in the eye.

    1. Lies says:

      That is a lie. The biggest on ocelot can get is about 80lbs…where as a small tiger is still around 170lbs.

      1. Possum says:

        I guess when you are toe-to-toe with one in a living room and it has you locked in a death-stare, you would probably estimate it to be as large as a water buffalo. Just my guess.

    2. Ann says:

      You must have been in a dim room, because an ocelot has eyes like any cat. In bright light, the pupils would look narrow and vertical. They’d only look round in dim light.

  2. Ignatius says:

    I love the eyelids of the lark and parrot. They look woven. But the diversity of eye structure is astounding. –A.

  3. Marel says:

    The Siamese eye doesn’t look very blue, as they should be. And where was the human eye for comparison? We don’t often (if ever) get to see our own eyes that close up – I’d like to see how they compare.

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