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Next Time You're Blue, Give Thanks You're Not a Blobfish

So you think you've got problems? Give thanks that you're not a blobfish.

This gelatinous deep sea fish, found in waters near the coasts of Australia and Tasmania, may not make it to the end of the century - let alone the end of the current decade. Not because the fish is winding up on diners' plates, mind you  - its "meat" is not edible - but because fishing trawlers increasingly are pulling them into their nets along with the rest of their daily hauls.

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Earlier this year, marine expert Callum Roberts rang the alarm in an interview with the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph. Even though the blobfish is rarely seen by humans - it lives about 800 meters below the ocean's surface - he said that the deep trawling fishing fleets operated by Australia and New Zealand "are some of the most active in the world so if you are a blobfish then it is not a good place to be. A very large amount of the deep sea is under threat from bottom trawling which is one of the most destructive forms of fishing."

One more strike against the blobfish: Unlike baby seals or dolphins or other sea animals deemed by humans to be "cute," this little fella is never going to win a beauty contest. Unfortunately, that means the ranks of any "save the blobfish" movement were one to spring up - likely will be limited.

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