Extinction Threatens World’s Butt-Ugliest Fish


by Kimberley D. Mok TreeHugger

Photo Blobfish / Greenpeace

Without the redeeming good looks of other endangered species, the rather unfortunate-looking but aptly-named blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) may not figure in anyone’s glitzy conservation campaign. Nevertheless, the fact is that this jiggly, jelly-like creature is threatened with extinction, thanks to the overfishing antics of deep sea trawlers scraping the bottom of Australian and New Zealand waters.

Surviving only within a limited area in these seas, the inedible blobfish live at around 2600 feet (800 meters) deep, in the same zone as more edible species like lobsters and crab. They grow to about 12 inches (30 centimeters) in length and eat whatever organic matter floats in front of them.

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