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Blobfish - The World's Ugliest Animal

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published September 25th 2013
Is Australia the only country to have a Blobfish?
Ugly Animal Preservation Society in England, had the public vote for what they consider to be the world's ugliest animal. As it happens an usual creature from Australia's ocean, topped the vote and now an Australian fish is the official mascot for The Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Blobfish out of water

We have all heard of luminous fish of the deep, giant squids washing up on shore. I'm sure evolved creatures of the deep have survived from the ice age and beyond. I was very intrigued to learn more about this unusual animal.

Psychrolutes marcidus or Blobfish
By Alan Riverstone McCulloch (1885-1925) / Wikimedia Commons

The Blobfish or scientific name Psychrolutes marcidus, from the family Psychrolutidae. It is found in the depths of our Australian seas of our mainland, Tasmania and New Zealand. They are normally no longer than a 30cm ruler and its body is slightly more dense than water, allowing it to float. The blobfish lives between 600 and 1,200m under the sea.

What does the blobfish do? The blobfish does just that, blobs around as a gelatinous mass allowing it to float above the sea floor without using much energy. It feasts on crabs, lobsters and anything else that floats. There are about 40 species and all species generally have large leaflike pectoral fins and either zero scales or few scales, some species have soft spines covering them.

One of the main reasons we are aware of this unique creature of the deep, is because, trawlers quite often have blobfish tangled in their nets when they trawl the sea floor. Every blobfish's shape is different when its out of water because there is no dense flesh matter, so out of water, the blobfish gets the name the 'Ugliest Fish'.

Do you know of a marine animal that could top the blobfish as the Ugliest Fish?

BBC News - Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote
Blobfish - Wikipedia
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Why? Endangered species and maybe the world's ugliest fish
Where: Tasmania, Mainland Australia and New Zealand
Your Comment
thanks for the fun facts....did not know they were from Australia
by mbgee (score: 0|8) 1339 days ago
what a grumpy ugly looking fish this is only in australia
by zanes (score: 1|89) 1849 days ago
blob fish are kinda cute
by foofo (score: 0|6) 1283 days ago
thank you for reading the article and yes its only in australia and NZ and it does look grumpy i agree
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 1849 days ago
thanks for the fun facts....did not know they were from Australia
by mbgee (score: 0|8) 1339 days ago
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