Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Meet the ugliest fish in the world

By Chuck Woodbury

I do not normally write about fish except maybe to do a little bragging when I catch a big trout. But, sad to say, that doesn’t happen often these days.

But I cannot resist telling you about the ugliest fish in the world. As you can see above, it is hideously unattractive. It’s called a Blobfish, which seems very appropriate. The Blobfish has actually won “ugliest animal” contests.

The fish on the bottom half of the photo looks a lot like a guy I used to know named Fred — same mouth and nose. I know that’s not relevant except to me because the resemblance is stunning. Fred used to sing in piano bars and he would pick up girls. I never understood.

It’s unfair that these fellows are labeled ugly, because they are not really ugly until they are brought to the surface from the depths of the ocean, dead. Down below they look like a normal fish. Because they are basically gelatin with little-to-no bone or muscle, when you remove them from the pressure of the deep sea they lose all their body shape.

A Blobfish where it lives, deep in the ocean.

THE FISH MOSTLY REMAIN close to the sea floor anywhere from 2,000 ft. to 3,900 ft. deep. This depth is called the mesopelagic zone, in case that means anything to you (not to me). The pressure at that depth is approximately 80 times that of the surface.

The only time Blobfish interact with humans is when they are accidentally captured in commercial fishing nets, which isn’t very often. If you saw a Blobfish when it was pulled to the surface you might think you were observing an alien from another planet.

I have never heard of anyone eating a Blobfish. And, sad to say, you cannot see a Blobfish in a professional aquarium because it’s too hard to replicate the incredible pressure where they live.

Interestingly, the Blobfish is a movie star. It was featured in the movie Men in Black 3. A prop version of the fish was seen sitting on the work surface of a Chinese restaurant next to a few other alien-looking creatures.



Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe to comments
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Mitzi Agnew Giles (@guest_84961)
3 years ago

I remember this from MIB3 and was just totally convinced it was a photoshop. Now you have provided a pic of the fish at preferred depth and an explanation I can finally be satisfied that yes it is real. Anyone else think it looks like a catfish? BTW Meso means middle – opposed to neo meaning new. The blobfish lives in the middle ocean depths.

Danny Wells (@guest_80763)
3 years ago

My guess is, Robert O. looks a lot like the Blobfish. (Bobfish maybe)

Gary Broughton (@guest_80531)
3 years ago

Looks like that guy that complained.

DW/ND (@guest_80676)
3 years ago
Reply to  Gary Broughton

Ditto Gary! My exact tho’ts when I saw that “thing”.

Sign up for the

RVtravel Newsletter

Sign up and receive 3 FREE RV Checklists: Set-Up, Take-Down and Packing List.