Blobfish

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Blobfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Genus: Psychrolutes
Binomial name
Psychrolutes marcidus

The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae. It lives in deep waters off the coasts of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.[1]

Blobfish are typically shorter than 30 cm. They live at depths between 600 and 1,200 m (2,000 and 3,900 ft) where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level.

Blobfish are often caught accidentally in bottom trawling nets. Scientists now fear the blobfish could become an endangered species because of deep-ocean trawling.[2][3]

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