blob fish

Blob Fish

By: Isaac Thakral

Have you ever seen the movie Monsters vs. Aliens? There is a blue creature named Bob, who is a blob. There is a fish like that! It’s called the blob fish.

The blob fish is a deep-sea fish of the family called Psychrolutidae. Its habitat is the deep-sea waters off the coast of Australia and Tasmania, and is rarely seen by humans. Blob fish live at depths between 600–1,200 m (2,000–3,900 ft) where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level. The flesh of the blob fish 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. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it. Blob fish eat invertebrates like crabs and sea pens.

The blob fish is currently facing extinction due to deep-sea fishing or bottom trawling. The blob fish is a gross looking, but amazing creature. If you want to save the blob fish, go to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/349/466/602/

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