Animal of the day – 12/07/2010 – The Blobfish

Blobfish

The animal of the day is the Blobfish. (Did you know: It’s almost extinct! It’s found exclusivley off the coasts of Australia in the deep sea. They are most commonly caught by accident by deep sea trawlers. However, once caught, you can’t even eat the blobfish because it’s inedible!

The blobfish is made up almost entirely of a gelatinous material (which gives it it’s weird shape and mushy face), that is less dense than sea water. This allows the blob fish to float above the sea floor with little effort, and without the use of a swim bladder. [Note: a swim bladder at 800 meters where the blobfish lives would be NO help].

Blobfish has pretty much no muscles, and catches it’s prey by just waiting for it to float by close enough to get eaten. Lazy fish is more like it!

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