The World’s Ugliest Animal


[Intro] [sad noises] Jessi: Oh hey, guys! We were just practicing
our sad faces. Ooo, good one, Squeaks! Chances are you can’t look any more miserable
than this deep-sea creature: Meet the blobfish! It’s got a pretty good reason to look so
bummed. It’s been called the world’s ugliest animal. Which really isn’t a nice thing to say. I mean, it might not be as cute as a panda
or a kitten, but the blobfish’s funny-looking body actually helps it to survive in its harsh
underwater environment. The blobfish lives in the ocean off the coast
of Australia. And it lives really, really deep. How deep? Almost at the sea floor — that’s
nearly 10 times deeper than where most ocean animals live. Not many animals could survive where the blobfish
lives. Down there, it’s pitch-black because sunlight
can’t even reach that far; the temperature is just a few degrees above freezing; and
the pressure is extremely high. So what’s this pressure we’re talking
about? Well, if you’re at the bottom of the ocean, the weight of alllll the water
on top of you presses down really hard. And it squeezes you — like a really, really tight
bear hug! So how does the blobfish survive with all
this intense pressure? Well, that’s where its “ugliness” is actually a plus! The blobfish has a gooey, jelly-like body
that can handle the squeezing from all of that underwater pressure. In fact, it has almost no muscle, and very
few bones. It’s almost pure squish! But it’s still able to do things like move
and eat, because its blobbiness makes it buoyant. And this means it can just float comfortably
right above the ocean floor without having to use too much energy to swim. And it mostly just swallows food that happens
to float on by. Which I have to admit would be pretty neat.
Could you imagine cheeseburgers just floating into your mouth?! So the blobfish is blobby for a lot of good
reasons. And to its underwater friends, it probably doesn’t look so ugly at all. Scientists actually think that — when it’s
at home on the ocean floor — the blobfish probably looks more like the other fish that
we know. That’s because the pressure at the bottom of the ocean squeezes its body
into that shape. But most of the blobfish that we’ve seen have
been caught by fishing nets, and brought up out of the ocean. And when a blobfish is taken away from the
pressure that gives its body that shape, well, it looks blobbier than usual. So is the blobfish really ugly? Well, maybe
to some people. Is it awesome? Definitely. Thanks for learning about the blobfish with
me and Squeaks. We’re going to go ahead and practice our silly faces now, hope you
guys do too.

100 thoughts on “The World’s Ugliest Animal

  1. lel I looked up blobfish on youtube because I love blobfish now and then I found this and I want my class to learn about blobfish. XD

  2. (Molly has now unsubscribed to scishow kids)
    You just called it ugly..
    The blobfish is so much cuter than an panda or a cat.

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  4. 20000% abuse to blob fish
    50%The blob fish is beautiful and should have lots of respect
    1%random comments

  5. Whoever said blobfish is ugly needs to take another look. I think they are the cuties animal of them all

  6. HI! The kids from Highland NEXT before and after school care would love if you guys made a video about how Crystals are made and formed, they are also fascinated about how hockey skates are made and where they come from originally. Thank you so much for helping us grow and learn. Looking forward to your next video.

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