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Blobfish, Psychrolutes marcidus

The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish that remains out of sight of humans in the deep waters off the coast of Australia and Tasmania. It is the shape and design of the blobfish that allows them to inhabit waters so deep.

Blobfish live at depths between 2,000 and 3,900 ft where the pressure is over 25 times more than at sea level. They, just as their name implies, are gelatinous masses that float about the sea floor. They lack muscle but by floating above the floor they are able to just catch or filter the matter that floats by it. This helps the blobfish conserve energy. Blobfish also consumes some invertebrates like crabs and sea pens.

Blobfish are facing extinction. They get caught in the fisherman’s nets as they drag the bottom. The blobfish do not have another location that they would thrive in because of the unique make up.

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Scorpaeniformes Family: Psychrolutidae

Image Caption: Neophrynichthys marcidus = Psychrolutes marcidus. Credit: Alan Riverstone McCulloch/Wikipedia

Blobfish Psychrolutes marcidus