Blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus)

This strange looking fish is a blobfish found around Australia and Tasmania. It lives in very deep water so is rarely seen. This one was obviously collected on a scientific expedition and was not found onshore as a result of the tsunami as has been widely reported on the internet. The Blobfish has the ability to withstand the high pressure at great depths. Blobfish live at depths of up to 4000 feet deep. The blobfish does not have a swim bladder and instead has flesh that is less dense than the water which allows it to hover off of the bottom. Blobfish are caught by bottom trawling with nets as bycatch as they aren't a desirable food fish. The nets threaten the blobfish populations and the blobfish are now an endangered species. Take a look at these other even stranger fish!
Atlantic Scombrops
scrawled Filefish
Tropical Hatchetfish

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