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Meet the Blobfish

posted: 06/15/15
by: Danny Clemens
Blobfish
Grufnik via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Don't let the blobfish's permanent, miserable scowl fool you: it's actually a pretty harmless creature.

Endemic to the deep waters off of mainland Australia, the blobfish is comprised mainly of gelatinous flesh. Due to the low density of its flesh, the innocuous blobfish floats leisurely near the ocean floor, quietly gobbling down small crustaceans and other edible matter that floats into its mouth. According to NOAA, that's about all it can do -- it has very little muscle, so actively hunting prey is nearly impossible.

The shocking little creature grows to be approximately a foot long. Because they live at such deep depths, there is very little information about the population of blobfish. Some experts, however, fear that the fish could be facing extinction: according to writer Michael Hearst, the blobfish is commonly the victim of bycatch from seafloor trawlers.

In 2013, the blobfish was voted the World's Ugliest Animal.

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