Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fish Horror Tale #6: The Blob

The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish. Inhabiting the deep waters off the coasts of Australia.
Blobfish live at depths between 2,000 and 4,000 feet deep 600-1200 meters
The reason the blob fish is blobby is to help with its buoyancy. At those depths an air bladder is not very good for controlling bounacy. Instead, the gelatinous flesh of the blobfish has a density lightly less than water; thus allowing it to float and move around on the bottom expending energy on swimming. It appears to be a ambush predatory, gulping down crabs and other crustaceans that come by.  .
Blobfish are sad fish, because they are often accidently caught in bottom trawlers. Currenty the species is believed to be endangered. Poor Blob fFish

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