Blobfish live at depths of between 600 and 1,200 meters where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level, and they can grow up to 12 inches in length. The fish spend their lives gently bobbing around the deep sea, where their gelatinous appearance aids their buoyancy.
The blobfish however suffers a significant threat from fishing trawlers — although it is inedible itself, it gets caught up in the nets.
Actor Paul Foot supported the blobfish in the Ugly Animal Preservation Society contest. In his campaign video, he explained why he has a soft spot for this gelatinous blob:
“Some would describe it as a bit ugly, but I think the sad face of the blobfish belies a kind and very wise little brain in there.”