(Telegraph) The fish was voted the ugliest creature found in nature in a poll conducted on YouTube and backed by celebrities including Stephen Fry and Brian Cox.
But despite the award the fish isn’t actually as ugly as it would first appear.
It’s sad expression and saggy gelatinous appearance is partly down to the fact that it is indeed dead.
In fact the blobfish has hardly ever been pictured alive since it cannot survive in shallower water and certainly not out of the water. The fish sometimes become caught in the nets of trawlers which is how they are brought to the surface.
The fish is exceptionally rare and is found off the coast of New Zealand and Australia where it lives at depths of between 600 and 1,200m
Living so deep there is very little food for the blobfish to eat so it has to maximise what energy it does have.
Normal fish have what is known as a swim bladder to control their buoyancy but the blobfish becomes buoyant from its gelatinous skin.
Dr Alan Jamieson of Aberdeen University says that this ‘gel’ like appearance of the blobfish looks very different in the deep sea:
“When the fish is dead all the gel relaxes because it’s not in water anymore and it’s not buoyant any more.
“It’s now in air and that’s why it looks so sad and squished and blobby.” Click here to read more.