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Blobfish: Facts, Pictures & Information

Updated on January 19, 2014

A Deep Sea Endangered Creature

The Blobfish, or Psychrolutes Marcidus, is one of the strangest aquatic creatures found in Australian and Tasmanian waters. They are in the deep sea family of Psychrolutidae, which are considered extremely rare. They are near extinction however, are not easy to obtain and will die if the water pressure is too low. They live on the sea floor, which is eighty times denser than the water at sea level. Just getting down there is difficult for fishers. Track up “Blobfish” on Google, and you will find very few pictures and references while blob fish is at sea.

It Looks Like Human Face
It Looks Like Human Face

Body Features

What makes Blobfish so unique is the shape of its face. When looked straight on, it looks like a human face. A large flap of skin folds over the wide mouth is like a nose. The two eyes are visible as well. The head of a Blobfish weighs a surprising 1/3 of its total body weight. The rest of the body descends into a short tail.

in the water
in the water
A psychrolutid fish, most likely a Western Blobfish, Psychrolutes occidentalis, photographed by an ROV, at a depth of approximately 1220 m, 70 km off Barrow Island, North West Shelf, Western Australia
A psychrolutid fish, most likely a Western Blobfish, Psychrolutes occidentalis, photographed by an ROV, at a depth of approximately 1220 m, 70 km off Barrow Island, North West Shelf, Western Australia | Source

Behavior, Food, Diet

The reason Blobfish survive at such a low sea level is due to the gelatinous like flesh it has, which is just a little lighter than water. They contain no muscle at all, so being able to swim without it is essential for it to survive. It helps it float and reduces the pressure on the Blobfish’ body. At the bottom of a sea, the Blobfish basically remains stationary throughout its life. They rarely move unless food is found nearby, otherwise they will wait for prey to come close. Studies show the Blobfish’ diet consists mainly of urchins, mollusks, crabs, lobsters, and other slow-moving ocean bottom feeders. When something edible comes by, it waits for it to come close. Even though Blobfish literally have to muscle, they are still able to open and close their mouth. It is currently unknown of how much they eat in an amount of time. A Blobfish barely moves at all when feeding. Where prey is scarce, some Blobfish will die simply of starvation.

When under water the Blob fish has a comical, almost human looking face; it will die after a short while taken out of water and its gelatinous body will dry out and shrivel
When under water the Blob fish has a comical, almost human looking face; it will die after a short while taken out of water and its gelatinous body will dry out and shrivel | Source
Blob fish can be caught by bottom trawling with nets. Such trawling in the waters off Australia may threaten the blobfish in what may be its only habitat
Blob fish can be caught by bottom trawling with nets. Such trawling in the waters off Australia may threaten the blobfish in what may be its only habitat

Reproduction and Size

Females do not have a normal mating schedule, and often mate whenever a male crosses by. Surprisingly, a female will lay up to 1000 pink eggs at a time. She stays with them, floating above them the whole time as if protecting them. It was once thought that the Blobfish regularly “cleaned” the eggs to make sure they hatched, but the method was unknown. Blobfish grows to about a foot, but usually they are shorter at about ten inches. Unfortunately, they are inedible and die from fishermen who accidentally make a catch.They are now considered endangered species.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Fascinating! Thank you for sharing.

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      Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) 6 years ago from Boston, MA, USA

      Thank you Zavala for the visit. Glad I'm getting the traffic, at least :)

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      cdnjksnvjalabvs 6 years ago

      ha blobfish are so fat

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      nessa bug 6 years ago

      the blob fish can actually only survive upto 2 minutes without water. are there any ways to tell females from males PLease email at nessabug12345@yahoo.com

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I have seen one in the mirror when I get up in the morning. Just kidding. I think. I really enjoyed reading this hub. I always like learning new things when it comes to nature.

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      vladimir 5 years ago

      whoaa

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      Katie Charpentier 5 years ago

      i feel really bad for the blobfish i wish it could be better than it is now and they could have more than they have now.they maybe look bad and grose but they need help to have more and to be better what they are now.iIt is not good to loose on of our terrible animals it is really bad to see it is verry sad andbad to loose them.

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      TheNerdyGardener 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      There are strange things down in the deep blue sea, blobfish included. The first photo however almost has a touch of cuteness to it, I think it paints the blobfish in a very flattering light. I think I remember reading somewhere that someone tried to eat one that was caught as by-catch but the flesh was just too rubbery to actually eat.

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      peasly 5 years ago

      blob fish are scary-lookin and weird!

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      lps lover 5 years ago

      this is good stuff.

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      ganster 5 years ago

      I think the Blobfish is so cute and he looks like Squidwerd off of Spongbob

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      chuck norris 5 years ago

      these ugly looking mothers are too ugly and are stinky too

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      jimmy 4 years ago

      hello

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      tanner 4 years ago

      blob fish are the coolest thing!!!

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      madison 4 years ago

      I think Blobfish are contagasly adorabal and interesting

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      Riley 4 years ago

      I love blob fish

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      blobfish 4 years ago

      blobfish look like poo

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      mike the trike 4 years ago

      Blobfish are fascinating creatures.

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      jeccica 4 years ago

      dis is cool

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      SIRDELL 3 years ago

      LOOKS LIKE WC FIELDS

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      Zendoria 3 years ago

      blob fish so nasty like i don't know wat.

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      gee gee 3 years ago

      doo doo blob fish

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      asasasasasffhhjjk 3 years ago

      they are cool

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      The Big D 3 years ago

      Its da only Blob 4 me

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      saruar22 3 years ago

      Blobfishes are ugly

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      antwar5 3 years ago

      it looks like my friend

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      Lebron james 3 years ago

      Blob fish are fascinating creatures

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      Hi 3 years ago

      Spew

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      hi 3 years ago

      I love blobfish

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      Blob 3 years ago

      Wow so cool!

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      Rusty Barnes 2 years ago

      If I ever saw this thing out of water I would put it out of its miserable existence as quickly as I could. Not trying to b cruel but what a joke of nature!

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      Turd 2 years ago

      I am using this for my project t is so good

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      hailey mann 2 years ago

      no publication date really?

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      363561 2 years ago

      you guys are mean they are cool and cute

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      jeff 2 years ago

      blob fish r perfectly perfect in every way

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      waaaaaaaaaaaa 2 years ago

      blob fish is ugly

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      waaaaaaaaaassssssssuuup 2 years ago

      Thanks helped me with a PowerPoint.

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      Bob The BlobFish 2 years ago

      Forever Alone :(

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      Joe bob anthony miller 21 months ago

      So cool!

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      Jessica 21 months ago

      The blowfish is a nice looking fish. Even though it looks malformed, it still looks perfect just the way it is. Be lucky for the way YOU look. Don't judge things by its looks, but by the inside. I am using this as a report and this site was very useful!

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      bob 21 months ago

      they are really ugly but cool

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      Hot Lips 6 months ago

      When I look at the blobfish I find it quite cute and to me people who are slagging it off have they looked in a mirror recently? So save this cute little bundle of loveliness and tell the fishermen not to cast their nets so deeply into thewater.

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      Mr.Awsome 4 months ago

      its quite ugly if you ask me

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