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g n i z fe a i m L A ine fish Mar Blob The oceans are full of weird looking fish, but one of the most extraordinary is the aptly-named blobfish It lives at depths of up to 3900 feet (1189 meters) where the normal pressure is about 118 times higher than that at sea level. Because of this, it is rarely seen by humans in its habitat. The blobfish lives off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, and because of increasing fishing of the seas Down Under, it is being dragged up with other catches. As soon as it comes to the surface, it dies and becomes – well, a blob.

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It is in danger of being wiped out, since even though it is usually thrown back when caught in the nets, it is already dead. It can grow up to 12 inches long. Despite being inedible, the blobfish unluckily lives at the same depths as other more appetising ocean organisms, including crab and lobster. It was chosen as the world’s ugliest animal in 2013, beating other bizarre creatures such as the axolotl, the naked mole rat, the purple frog and the proboscis monkey. Its scientific name is Psychrolutes marcidus, which means it belongs to a family of fish known as fatheads. Not much is known about the Pyschrolutidae family except that they have large heads, live on the ocean floor and that their family name comes from the Greek word psychrolouteo, which means “to have a cold bath”.

The Sentinella Magazine January 2016  

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