February 1, 2010 | 11
Blobfish live at depths of 800 meters off the southeastern coast of Australia. The species has a very limited habitat, and can’t survive elsewhere.
"The Australian and New Zealand deep-trawling fishing fleets are some of the most active in the world, so if you are a blobfish then it is not a good place to be," Callum Roberts of the University of York in England told the Daily Telegraph. "We’ve been overfishing areas up to about 200 m[eters] deep, and now we have moved off those continental shelves and into the deep sea in areas a couple of thousand meters deep."
Blobfish grow to about 30 centimeters in length. They feed on drifting organic matter as they themselves drift above the ocean floor.
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