The blobfish is found only in very deep waters around mainland Australia as well as Tasmania, it is a fish that you would not normally see because of the deaths that it lives at. They are usually caught in nets that are bottom trawling and the blobfish accidently get caught. There are scientists that believe the blobfish is a threatened species because of the bottom trawling, but there really is no way of telling, the Australian Museum does not think they are endangered.
The blobfish live at depths between 600 to 1,200 meters or 2,000 to 3,900 feet, the pressure of the water at this depth has an extreme amount of pressure. The flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water, so this does allow the fish to float just above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. The blobfish lack muscle so it feeds on food that floats in front of it, usually invertebrates like crab. Yes this fish is very lazy
“Mr. Blobby” has a facebook page which was started by the Austrlian Museum if anyone is interested.
Also there is a great video from the Australian Museum that goes for just over 3 minutes, explaining how Mr. Blobby was caught, and how the blobfish changes once it is out of the water. The blobfish in the first photo above is the fish out of water for a period of time, when they are in the water they look totally different.
This is the best video I could find on the blobfish, most as you can imagine have been made into comedies.
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