Blubber fish or poor blob fish, looks like he’s wearing a Halloween mask all year long. This deep seafarer is attached to a permanent scowl and is essentially a loose, gelatinous bag. It was even known as the World’s Ugliest Animal in the 21st – poor people! How much do you know about this somewhat scary looking, yet utterly innocent fish?
The fish, which lives at a depth of 800 meters, is rarely seen by humans, but it lives at the same depth as other sea creatures, such as crabs and bald shrimps and other edible marine animals.
As a result of the fish, which is inedible, is pulled by trawler fishermen with other catches.
Column Roberts, a marine expert from York University, told the Telegraph that there is something sad about bluefish.
The blubber fish is endemic to the waters of Australia and New Zealand, where they swarm along the ocean floor and scoop up any suspicious small animals that cross their path. They live on an average depth of 3,000 feet.
Their diet consists of small crustaceans such as crabs, sea urchins, and shellfish. These goodies are sucked into the mouth of the blubber fish as it floats.
In fact, their extremely low muscle mass does not allow for too much movement at all. Besides eating, conserving energy is the main function of blubber fish.
The blubber fish is about 12 inches tall.
The female lays thousands of small pink eggs on the marine. Either the wife or the male will be sitting on the egg to protect the blubberfish from predators.
Most species of blubberfish do not have swim bladder deficiency found in fish, they can adjust the fish and control ejaculation with an air sac.
At their local depths, it is believed that blubber fish have a more “normal” appearance. On the surface, without melting water to hold their shape, they melt into a hollow.
Some experts believe that blubber fish may be under threat of extinction. Since they live in great depths, they are rarely seen and little is known about them. They often die as bycatch to commercial fishing operators who troll the ocean floor. The change in pressure when it is brought to the surface gives very little chance for the survival of the blubber fish.
Professor Roberts, who wrote the book “The Unnatural History,” states: “Blobfish are at high risk from dragging these nets and, as we know, are restricted to these waters only.
Here are eight interesting facts about blubber fish.
“Australia and New Zealand are quite active in the deep trolling fishing world so if you are a blubber fish this would not be a good place to be.
“An enormous amount of deep-sea trolling is threatened by trolling, which is one of the most destructive forms of fishing.”
“We’ve been overfishing about 200 meters deep, and now we’ve moved these continental shelves and a few thousand meters deep into the deep sea.
“In 2006, conservationists came very close to a global suspension of restrictions on trolling in the high seas.”
“If you combine all the deep-sea areas together, this is a region about the size of Paris, this is a really undiscovered area, but we can destroy it.”