The blobfish is one of the most unique looking fish in the entire world. It is primarily found at the depths of the sea in the Australian Ocean as its natural habitat is directly above the ground of the sea. It was once a prominent sight among trawler fishermen as they often were caught accidentally by deep sea fishermen who were attempting to catch crab and lobster. The blobfish however has since seen a massive decline in numbers and is currently on the verge of extinction due to accidental overfishing.
Many facts and statistics in regards to the blobfish are unknown due to its rarity. Blobfish are rarely caught and have rarely been studied by scientists, meaning there is virtually nothing known about the species such as its feeding habits or reproductive habits. The blobfish is presumed to be made up primarily of a muscle free gelatine style mass that allows it to best the deepest and most powerful pressures of the sea bed. Its presumed diet is that of edible plant life and mass that it can catch within its range.
The blobfish is also well known for its unique features that make it look like a miserable face. Its unique body shape make up what looks like a huge nose and a frown when combined with its tiny and sad looking eyes make it one of the most unique looking sea creatures in the world. Its white colouration is due to the tissue and gelatine like mass that makes up its body. It is also non edible, meaning when it is caught in such fishing trawlers, if it is not dead or injured it can be returned to sea. Of course, this is an unlikely occurrence.
Australia and New Zealand are some of the most active trawling locations in the world and therefore, the blobfish, using these waters as its habitat, is sadly facing a rapid extinction. It is unknown exactly what this would mean for the oceans in which it dwells due to the fact that not much is known about the animal. It likely feeds on edible matter and plant life, but if it is part of a food chain or another animal, then that animal could suffer following the extinction of the blobfish.
The only conservation effort that has been implemented to save the blobfish is an attempted ban or halt on deep sea trawling and fishing, but this has not yet came to pass. The last time the blobfish was prominently sighted or reported was in 2006. With almost five years since then, it is a potential risk that the blobfish could already be extinct or if it does in fact still exist, its numbers are probably smaller than ever due to the large amount of deep see trawling that still plagues the waters in which it inhabits. Could the blobfish be the next on the list of extinct animals in 2012 or beyond?