Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Blobfish

One look at the rarely seen Blobfish would readily explain why the deep sea fish species is named as such, with the fish species bearing a blob-like form that makes it look like a creature from out of this world.

Found in the deep waters surrounding Tasmania and Australia, the Blobfish is one of the world’s deep sea fishes, currently at risk of extinction due to bottom trawling or deep sea fishing activities.
Known to be found in deep sea depths of up to 2,000 to 3,9000 feet, the most definitive characteristic of the Blobfish is in its gelatinous mass, one that bears a slightly less than water density which allows it to remain in deep undersea depths where the pressure is incredibly different.

Also, unlike other fishes, the Blobfish doesn’t have the same muscle mass found in other fish species. How it “swims” is quite unique without the relative presence of muscles, as it actually maximizes on its gelatinous body’s properties in effortlessly moving about in deep undersea pressures.

How it also eats is also unique, in the sense that the Blobfish simply swallows food in large gulps, with its diets typically consisting of deep sea invertebrates like crabs. As its name would somewhat imply, Blobfishes are known to just “lounge about” and let their food simply come before their mouths before they swallow them.

As pets, keeping a Blobfish pet is practically impossible, given the deep undersea pressures their physical forms require. That, plus issues related to their feeding and dietary needs would certainly cause a dent on their care and maintenance costs.

Being deep sea fishes, one would think they are safe from the fishing and trawling activities of human beings. Sadly, the fact remains that due to deep sea fishing and trawling activities in Australia, the Blobfish is greatly at risk of facing extinction.

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