Much different fish have something called the swim bladder in their bodies, essentially sacs of air to keep them buoyant and agile in the water.
If they spend long enough time out of the water, the swim bladder may expand due to lower atmospheric pressure and cause some internal organs to come out of their mouth.
On the other hand, fish that live in the much lower depths of the ocean do not usually have swim bladder; the increased pressure of deep water can cause the air-filled cavities to collapse and kill them.
They also have a minimal skeleton and jelly-like flesh as they use the water as the natural structural support.
The blobfish (also known as smooth-head blobfish) has neither swim bladder nor skeleton. It barely even has a muscle.
It is droopy and saggy, earning the fish a reputation as one of the ugliest creatures in the world.
Some say blobfish is fat and lazy because apparently, that’s true.
Despite (or thanks to) the reputation, the bottom-feeder is the Internet’s favorite fish, perhaps the most popular marine animal, spawning into countless memes and emojis.
10 /10 Psychrolutes Microporos
First, the name. Blobfish is not a single species of fish but a term representing several different species in the Psychrolutidae family.
The blobfish everyone is familiar with belongs to a particular species called the Psychrolutes microporous.
The first specimen known to science was found on the off coast of New Zealand back in 1983 by a research vessel.
It became an internet sensation after the second specimen, photographed in 2003, made its round across the World Wide Web, mainly because the face is easy to anthropomorphize, hence the memes and emojis.
9 /10 Pressure Resistant
Blobfish find a home at the deepest pockets of the ocean at a depth between 2,000 – 4,000 feet underwater.
At that kind of depths, the atmospheric pressure can reach up to 100 times larger than the amount on the surface.
With very little muscle and soft bones, blobfish is adapted to its environment well. In rare events where it gets caught and brought to the surface, lower pressure (or decompression) causes the body to expand and skin to relax.
The soft gelatinous tissue is unable to maintain its actual structure. Instead, it collapses into a shape that very much resembles a lump of jelly.