Friday, April 17, 2009

Blobflish Floats On By

The blobfish is one of the strangest looking creatures alive. It lives in the deep seas off the coast of Australia and Tasmania. They live so deep, in fact, that the water pressure there is several dozens of times higher than at sea level. Their skin is a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water to allow them to remain buoyant. This gives them the ability to float above the sea floor without exerting energy on swimming. Although the blobfish lacks muscle, it gets food by eating whatever floats in front of it.

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