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It's a Fish... It's a Blob... It's Blobfish!

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Now that you've been fully traumatized by all the deep-sea terrors we've been showing you lately, we thought we'd end the week with something a little different. Sure, the blobfish may be just as monstrous and alien-looking as our recent entries like the tongue-eating louse or the twelve-foot spider crab, but it also looks like it needs a hug. Well... maybe.
 
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Native to the deepest waters around Australia and New Zealand, the blobfish definitely lives up to its name. Where most fish use air bladders for buoyancy, this dude lives at such extreme depths (nearly 4,000 feet in some cases) that the bladder method doesn't work.
 
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Instead, its body is made up almost entirely of jelly-like tissue that's slightly less dense than sea water, allowing it to float around and just suck food into its big creepy mouth.
 
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The image above, by far the most widely circulated photo of the blobfish on the web, makes it look both monstrous and comically pathetic at the same time, which led to it becoming a popular meme. He's shown up in fan art, as a plush toy, on t-shirts (“This is my happy face!”) and in comic strips... basically, he's a melted nightmare version of Grumpy Cat.
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