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This miserable looking fella is on the verge of extinction no wonder he’s down in the dumps!
The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a fish that inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of the Australian mainland and Tasmania. It is sometimes known as a deep sea fish. Due to the inaccessibility of its habitat, it is rarely seen by humans.
To remain buoyant, 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. The relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats by in front of it.
It can be caught by bottom trawling with nets. There is some concern that the blobfish is being threatened by excessive bottom trawling in the waters off Australia, which may be its only habitat.
Although the Blobfish is not without fans with it’s own Facebook, Blobfish Lovers.