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What Is a Blobfish?
The blobfish is a very rare and interesting-looking fish that lives on the bottom of the ocean. It has very little muscle and a soft skeletal structure that helps it live under the pressure of the ocean water. The blobfish is part of the Psychrolutidae family, which comes from the Greek word meaning 'to have a cold bath.' This is fitting for the blobfish, because it lives deep in the ocean where it's far from the sun's warmth.
The blobfish got its name because, as you can see from the picture, it looks like a blob made of a jelly-like substance when it's not in the water.
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Where Do Blobfish Live?
Blobfish live in the oceans off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. These animals live on the ocean floor. They're able to hover and float across the ocean floor because of the jelly-like substance that makes up their body. Keep in mind that blobfish only look blobby when they're not in the water. When they're in the ocean, they look much more like a typical fish.
Since they are able to hover about the ocean floor, they do not use much energy to move around. This is a good thing, because food is sparse deep down on the dark ocean floor.
What Do Blobfish Eat?
The food is so sparse on the ocean floor that scientists have never even seen a blobfish eat. However, scientists predict that blobfish eat other animals that live on the ocean floor, such as sea pens, sea urchins, and shellfish. Researchers are still discovering new things about blobfish everyday, including what and how they eat. Some also predict that blobfish eat microscopic animals by sucking on the food that floats around them on the ocean floor.
More Interesting Facts About Blobfish
- Blobfish are very used to the high-pressure environment of the deep sea. In fact, when they are caught in nets and brought to the surface of the ocean, the drop in pressure causes them to become blobs and die.
- These fish are endangered, which means they're close to extinction. While fishermen do not purposefully hunt blobfish, they are often caught in nets dragging along the bottom of the ocean.
- Blobfish grow to be between 10 and 12 inches in the span of a lifetime. However, scientists still do not know exactly how long most blobfish live.
Blobfish are rare animals that live on the bottom of the ocean. Their bodies have adapted to living under the pressure of the ocean water, and they can't survive outside of their natural environment. These fish are an endangered species, however people do not tend to purposely fish for or eat blobfish.
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