Good evening/ good morning or good afternoon ladies & gents,
I didn’t get a chance to write to you all last month and fill your nebulously amazing craniums with sciencey information’s, however, I am back this month (currently sitting on 3 assignments gah!) but I really want to share this with you.
The prize for the world’s ugliest animal.
Now, there were a great many contenders for this prestigious prize.
There was the cutie Kakapo from New Zealand:
Even the dainty dromedary-jumping slug:
But they all paled in comparison to our clear winner (winning by 795 votes!) the ugly, the horrendously hideous:
The Blob Fish.
If you have been following Twitter, or you are following me on Twitter, you will already know this. You can watch the announcement here
More than 3000 people contributed to an online poll aimed at raising awareness of unsightly species that play a very important role in the ecological web that makes up our world. So I have compiled 7 reasons as to why Mr. Blob Fish is so amazing and awesome and that if you don’t know anything about him, you totally should!
7. Mr. blob, although he may appear a regular grump by the frown he constantly wears, is actually a party animal. Blobby lives in the deep seas off Australia. Living in such deep sea is a lot of pressure (get it?) so you would think that Blobby would be stressed all the time, but no. Mr. Blob Fish is one relaxing rocking gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water. (Located in the “Midnight zone” because, well, what party starts before Midnight?)
6. ‘Laxin’ out on the sea floor, Mr. Blob has no need for exercise or moving. The food he noms comes straight to his mouth. This is good for him as his relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage when deep-sea crustaceans float by like a live sushi train.
5. The classic picture of Mr. Blob was when he was taken out of the water:
This is after he had been dried out and popped in some formaldehyde.
What he actually looks like when plump and soaked in the sea is this:
(Personally I think he looks outstanding in both photographs)
4. Mr. Blobby is from the family of psychrolutidae, or fatheads. Yes, that is right. Fatheads.
3. Blob fish, like most fish, lay eggs. The nests that all the brooding MALE (yes, MALE) fish oversee contain between 9000 to 108,000 pinky coloured eggs. They nest in cold seeps, which make the water in these regions warmer and supply the Blob fish with a steady stream of noms.
2. 9000 ish baby blobs, eh? Well, that may be but they are becoming endangered from fishermen scooping them up in their deep-sea nets. Mr. Bob is endangered and you can help him out here, as Australia and New Zealand are the only places that he lives in the whole world!
1. The musician and author Michael Hearst composed a beautiful song titled “Blobfish” inspired by Mr. Blob himself; it is featured on the 2012 album Songs For Unusual Creatures (I would post a link, but I can’t find one)
Till next time science scavengers, blobs need love and care too!
This post was originally written by Samantha Levett, who has a huge, beautiful brain.