In the aquatic world, there are a lot of stunning-looking creatures, like the mandarinfish, the rainbow parrot fish, and the clownfish. If those are the Cinderellas of the sea, there are plenty of ugly stepsisters to choose from. But none have a reputation for being quite as ugly as the blobfish
Its unsightly appearance led to it being voted the World’s Ugliest Animal.
While some find the blobfish hideous, there are those who think it’s so ugly that it’s cute. Either way, it’s gotten a lot of attention for its appearance, so let’s take a closer look at this marine creature.
The blobfish only looks that way above water. In its normal habitat, which is 2,000 to 4,000 feet underwater, the pressure there makes it look like any ordinary fish.
But as it is brought up to the surface, caught in fishermen’s trawling nets, the pressure of the water decreases and the blobfish begins to lose its shape.
This isn’t the type of fish fishermen are looking for, so some attempt to throw them back in as an attempt to spare their lives. Whether that works and they can survive long enough to get back to the depths after losing so much water pressure is unknown. But it seems unlikely given their misshapen appearance when they reach the surface.
Their bodies don’t really need bones, because the crushing pressure of the depths give them all the support they need. And they don’t need much muscle either. For survival, the blobfish basically hangs out right above the ocean floor, moving its mouth to catch its food. Its diet consists mainly of mollusks and crabs that happen to cross its path.Thank you for visiting our website! We hope you found something that sparked interest on our website.
Video resource: All things Marine