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Blobfish world's most 'miserable looking' marine animal

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Description
So you think you've had a bad day? Look closer !
Spare a thought for the world's most miserable-looking fish.

Mizerable blobfish

 

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The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae.
Scientists fear the blobfish, which can grow up to 12 inches, is in danger of being wiped out by over-fishing in its south eastern Australian habitat.

As a result the fish, which is inedible, is being dragged up with other catches by trawler fishermen.
Blobfish 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, which would likely make gas bladders inefficient for maintaining buoyancy.
Instead, 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

Marine expert Professor Callum Roberts, from University of York, said the blobfish had plenty to be miserable about.
Prof Roberts, who wrote the book "The Unnatural History of the Sea", said: "Blobfish are very vulnerable to being dragged up in these nets and from what we know this fish is only restricted to these waters. 

 

 


Habitat
Inhabiting the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia, the fish, which lives at depths of up to 1200 m, is rarely seen by humans but it lives at the same depths as other ocean organisms, such as crabs and lobsters and other edible sea creatures.

 

 


Diet
Living at high dept into the ocean the only available sources of food are other deep ocean organisms, such as crabs and lobsters and other well adapted sea creatures.

 

 


Interesting facts
Blobfish 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
This saltwater fish have what resembles a large nose in between two eyes.
The Blobfish has the ability to withstand the high pressure of these depths because its body is actually mostly a gelatinour mass that has a density just less than water.

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Sources:
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/5281/blobfish-and-snailfish
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/7077472/Blobfish-worlds-most-miserable-looking-marine-animal-facing-exinction.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245955/Worlds-miserable-looking-fish-danger-wiped-out.html
http://ianimal.ru
http://community.ebay.com/t5/Pottery-Glass-Porcelain/OT-Blobfish/td-p/3124075
http://www.aquaportail.com/definition-13381-blobfish.html
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