With their loose saggy skin and bulbous nose, it is understandable that the blobfish has been deemed by many to be the ugliest fish in the world but where can you see this fish and why does it look so weird?
The fathead sculpin or more commonly known as the blobfish originates off the coast of Australia and New Zealand.
The fish can be found in Monterey Bay Aquarium’s amazing underwater forest. The 28-foot kelp forest is one of the tallest aquariums in the world and gives viewers a vast perspective on a large array of fish.
Characteristics of the Blobfish
The blobfish was discovered in 2003 by marine ecologist Kerryn Parkinson. She found the fish whilst on an ocean expedition off the coast of New Zealand.
Voted to be the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, the Blobfish is very different from other species due to the fact they do not have any bones or muscles causing the saggy texture of their skin.
According to Wildlife Informer, The blobfish does not have a swim bladder, which is something that allows fish to move fluidly through water. If blobfish’ did have a swimbladder they would not be able to survive in the deep sea, as the water pressure would cause them to burst. They are also able to maintain most of their buoyancy through their skin.
An important fact that most people aren’t aware of is that blobfish doesn’t actually look as ugly as people think. When they are removed from water their skin then sags and pulls on them. Surprisingly when they are in their natural environment the blobfish looks relatively normal.
Monteray Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium has extended summer hours all week from 10 am until 5 pm. An MST trolley is available to pick visitors to the aquarium up from downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and the Aquarium.
Prices according to the website are: Adults $49.95, Youth $39.95, Child $34.95, Senior $39.95, and children aged four and under gain free entry.
Voted the world’s best aquarium by TripAdvisor in 2014, this aquarium based in Moss Landing California is a must-see for animal lovers. The kelp forest provides food and shelter which creates an amazing ecosystem for the fish inside the tank.
The aquarium maintains a program called Seafood Watch. The main goal of this program is to notify consumers of the best ways to fish according to their environment. People who do the least damage to the ecosystem are promoted by the organization.
What other creatures can you see at the aquarium?
The Life on the Bay exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium allows viewers to see wildlife and not just exhibits inside.
According to their exhibit website, sea otters and humpback whales have been spotted and if you aren’t fortunate enough to witness these magnificent creatures, the Marine Mammal Gallery is available where you’ll find life-size models of whales and dolphins swimming overhead.
This strange fish is known for its glowing eyes that can move forward to see when it is eating. It is so rare to spot that after 5600 dives, it has only been spotted nine times according to the researcher’s log. Although it would certainly be very interesting to see this fish inside the aquarium eventually.