Friday, November 19, 2010

Meet Mr. Blobby the fathead sculpin fish

 Picture of a fathead -- one of the best photos from the Census of Marine Life, which concluded Monday after finding more than 6,000 new species.Affectionately nicknamed "Mr. Blobby," this fathead sculpin fish was discovered in 2003 in New Zealand during a Census of Marine Life expedition, according to the Australian Museum in Sydney.

Fathead sculpins—named for their large, globe-like heads and floppy skin—live in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans at depths of between about 330 feet (100 meters) and 9,200 feet (2,800 meters).

(Related: "Bizarre Gelatinous Fish Found in Brazil.")

Now preserved in 70 percent ethyl alcohol at the Australian Museum, Mr. Blobby's nose has shrunk—"and he no longer retains his 'cute' look," according to the museum's website.

via 13 Stunning Photos From 10-Year Sea Census.

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