If the deep sea blobfish had a catchphrase, it would probably be "womp, womp." This sad, squishy critter, dubbed the JELL-O of the sea, is one of the dumbest looking animals on Earth. With the face of a cranky old man and a body that looks like a cross between Flubber and a mucus-covered fetus, the sad-looking blobfish is a sea creature that looks like an ugly cartoon character. We can't all be blessed, can we?
Despite poor blobby's interesting looks, he's become sort of an icon - sparking Internet memes, plush toys, and even a blobfish-themed coffee shop. Blobby's got a lot going for him, and he's quite the celebrity of weird-looking fishes. Researchers don't know a whole lot about the blobfish, but they do know these chubby, floppy little guys shouldn't be overlooked because of their unsightly appearance. Blobfish are worthy of love, too. Here are some blobfish facts that prove this little guy is more than just a puddle of squish.
The blobfish may be the ugliest animal to ever float along the surface of the Earth; however, he's doing pretty good for himself. The blobfish has a café set to open in London in the summer of 2017. The Blobfish Café is the world's first pop-up aquarium, and will be home to three blobfish. According to the owners, they're working with certified marine biologists to make sure the environment for the blobfish meets their standards. One of the blobfish is named Lorcan, who has his own Twitter account.
Despite being wildly hideous, Lorcan is quite the popular guy. He's got over 16,000 followers - how many do you have?
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society is dedicated to protecting ugly-looking species who are endangered or threatened. And thank Triton for the UAPS, or the blobfish would never have gained his certain level of celebrity. In 2013, the organization held a poll, and over 3,000 online votes were cast to find the "World's Ugliest Animal."
Poor blobfish are gifted with a face that looks like a melted candle. It's not the blobfish's fault - they actually don't look so blobby in their natural habitat. Blobfish live 2,000 to 4,000 feet underwater which is a whole lot of pressure. At those depths, their blobby little body tightens right up because the pressure can get up to 120 times higher than it is close to the surface.
So not only is the blobfish's extra tough skin feeling the (lack of) pressure from being on land, its lack of gas bladder basically makes it melt when it's not held together by the pressure of the ocean. Making it look less like a fish and more like a puddle of goop.
We already know that blobfish are ultra-lazy, but they're also easygoing. Blobfish are forced to go with the flow - of the ocean current, that is. The squishy, little critters don't have a swim bladder, that sack of air found in most species of fish which helps them control whether they float or sink.
A blobfish isn't capable of controlling its buoyancy, but it's gelatinous skin helps it float barely above the ocean's floor.