10 Interesting Facts about the Blobfish

One of these following facts about the Blobfish should give you much information about this animal. The Blobfish is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, as well as the waters of New Zealand. Blobfish are typically shorter than 30 cm. They live at depths between 600 and 1,200 m (2,000 and 3,900 ft) where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy. For further information, below are some other facts about the Blobfish you might like.

Facts about the Blobfish 1: Flesh of the Blobfish

Instead, the flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water; this allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming.

Facts about the Blobfish 2: Bycatch

Blobfish are often caught as bycatch in botton trawling nets. Scientists now fear the blobfish could become an endangered species because of deep-ocean trawling.

Facts about the Blobfish - Catching

Facts about the Blobfish – Catching

Facts about the Blobfish 3: Blobfish’s Shape

Due to its low density flesh, the blobfish’s shape is very different when it is out of water. Its unappealing looks have created much discussion in media outlets

Facts about the Blobfish 4: “Blobfish”

The musician and author Michael Hearst featured a composition titled “Blobfish”, inspired by the animal, on his 2012 album Songs For Unusual Creatures,and subsequently created a blobfish episode for his PBS Digital series.

Facts about the Blobfish - Blobfish

Facts about the Blobfish – Blobfish

Facts about the Blobfish 5: World’s Ugliest Animal

In September 2013 the blobfish was voted the “World’s Ugliest Animal”, based on photographs of decompressed specimens, and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in an initiative “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children”.

Facts about the Blobfish 6: Male Blobfish

Male Blobfish may guard the eggs. If they’re not sitting on them or touching the eggs, the males are found within 9 feet of their future babies. Scientists think males fan the eggs with their fins to remove sediment.

Facts about the Blobfish - Painting

Facts about the Blobfish – Painting

Facts about the Blobfish 7: Blob Sculpin

The blob sculpin is found the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan and from the Bering Sea to Southern California. Deep sea, found 2753 to 9187 feet.

Facts about the Blobfish 8: Observation

Observations of Blobfish from a Monteray Bay Aquarium Research Institure (MBARI) ROV found that blobfish with or without eggs didn’t move away from the ROV’s approach, so they are just fearless or lazy blobs rather than courageous father blobs. Scientists also estimated that in four egg masses, there were about 9375 to 108,125 eggs.

Facts abou the Blobfish - Underwater

Facts abou the Blobfish – Underwater

Facts about the Blobfish 9: Food

The Blobfish dines on invertebrates such as sea pens, crabs and mollusks. Deep-sea observations has found that a male guarding eggs was often very close to another male and his eggs. Nesting males can be found just a boulder away from another male.

Facts about the Blobfish 10: Weight

The blobfish weighs about 9.5 kg.

Facts about the Blobfish - Scientific drawing

Facts about the Blobfish – Scientific drawingo

Hope you would find those Blobfish facts really interesting, useful and helpful for your additional reading.

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