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Yeah, It's Totally OK to Be Freaked Out by These Eyeless Blackberry Fish

There's a goldfish freaking out everyone on Twitter, and, uh ... with good reason.


There's a goldfish freaking out everyone on Twitter, and, uh ... with good reason.

Typically, the goldfish aren't worthy of a freakout. Unless, of course, they're one of those giant ones roaming the open sea.


But this is no friendly, orange goldfish. This is the black oranda goldfish, a breed of goldfish known for having an orb-like head that seems disproportionately large against its otherwise normal goldfish frame.

Like their orange cousins, oranda goldfish are popular aquarium fish.

They come in several different colors, but one variety in particular has gotten a ton of attention after a video of them squirming around went viral.

Twitter user @BaconLava posted the video. In it, a person is holding two of the black oranda in their hand. The two fish squirm around, and at one point one opens up its mouth.

But since the black color of the fish makes its eyes difficult to spot, that open mouth sans eyes takes on a bit of a creepy quality.

The video has nearly 50,000 retweets, and all kinds of horrified comments. Many were — correctly — quick to point out that those goldfish looked like living blackberries.

Some commenters lamented their breakfasts that included berries from earlier that day, including one Twitter user who said, "I put blackberries in my oatmeal this morning. Now I can't consciously make that decision again."

Others thought the odd orandas seemed far more sinister than squirming blackberries. A "swimming allergic reaction," for instance, or "blackberries from Chernobyl."

Others opted for a more succinct dismissal of the tiny weirdos.

We can't wait to see what everyone thinks when they learn about the red cap oranda. It's the black oranda's cousin, except instead of a blackberry head, it looks like it's wearing a Little Orphan Annie wig.

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