I know you might be wondering if what you’re looking at is real, the answer to that is yes its real and it does exist.
The Blobfish is categorized as a deep sea fish belonging to the Psychrolutidae family that lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. You can find them at depths between 2000 and 3900 feet where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level.
The flesh of the Blobfish is a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water, this allows the fish to float above the sea floor not using energy on swimming. Because of the Blobfish’s lack of muscle it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it for example deep ocean crustaceans. This fish is one of natures most energy frugal fishes.
These fish are often caught as bycatch in bottom trawling nets, because of this scientist fear the Blobfish could soon become an endangered species because of deep ocean trawling.
The Blobfish’s shape is very different when it is out of water due to its low density flesh. Keep in mind that Blobfish are 90% water. So when the fish is exposed to air it shrivels up. The Blobfish is about a foot long, and they are rarely seen by humans in there natural habitat.
But the Blobfish’s looks have not stopped it from becoming a popular animal. In September 2013 the Blobfish was voted the worlds ugliest animal, and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society (see video below). The Blobfish has also appeared in the film Men in Black 3 the movie suggesting that the Blobfish came from space. There is a musician who featured a composition titled Blobfish, that was inspired by the animal. Not a very good looking fish but already popular.
Something interesting about the Blobfish is that the fish actually nests more then 9000 eggs, which is strange for an animal near extinction. The pinkish eggs are in nests that are free from dirt or any other harmful things,this means that the parents clean the eggs daily and supervise them constantly.
One of the great defenses against predators is simply put Blobfish skin! The Blobfish has an acid like skin which of course makes the fish in-edible not only to other sea animals but also to fisherman. So the Blobfish has no predators in the water if by chance it is eaten by a sea animal they will die from the acid like skin. The only thing that is making the Blobfish become close to extinction is fisherman trawling the deep oceans.
The last time a Blobfish was sighted or reported was in 2006. With almost five years since then, it is a risk that the Blobfish could already be extinct or if it does in fact still exist, its numbers are probably smaller than ever.
What makes the Blobfish so unique is the shape of its face, when looking straight on at the Blobfish it really does look like a human face.