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Fish-drop (Psychrolutes marcidus)

Fish-drop – not the most beautiful creature in the ocean. First sight very few people will say that this shapeless lump is fish because it has no usual scales, and body shape in no way resembles a fish.

Such structure of the fish-a drop explained by the habitat – it can only be found at the ocean floor at a depth of from 600 to 1200 meters. The water pressure here is about 80 times larger than at the surface. To survive in such harsh conditions, the fish drop evolved. She has no hard skeleton, and the body consists of a gel-like substance having a density slightly less than water density, which allows it to stay afloat without making any efforts. Swimming bladder of fish-drop of nature is also cheated, since at the depth of 1000 meters, he would just simply imploded from the immense pressure.Photo fish drop in the water column

The name of the fish received is not in vain, as the shape of her body is really similar to the drop (especially in their natural habitat, as in the photo above). Massive head with two small eyes and a large mouth tapering smoothly into the tail, the trunk, completely devoid of scales, but with small excrescences in the form of spines. Developed from the fins but the tail, which the fish drop takes place, and a small thoracic side, with which she occasionally lazily rowing, and spinal. The body length of caught specimens ranged from 30 to 65 cm, and the color ranged from pink-brown to dark brown. The birthplace of fish-considered to be drops of water off the coast of Australia and Tasmania.On the surface of fish the drop was not as beautiful as in the depths of the ocean

Due to the inability of any to effectively move anyone to catch fish the drop can not, so she has to eat “that God sent”. Lying at the bottom she swallows invertebrates drifting by, and any other biological organisms that sink from above. In almost total darkness, the fish sees through its bulging eyes (although after raising to the surface of the eye, “deflate”, as shown in the photo).The photo of the fish’s body drops like Jell-o

On the reproduction of this creature is little known. As partners find each other and mate is still a mystery to scientists. A caviar fish-care drops very carefully. Vymetal eggs directly in the sand on the bottom, the female remained on this place until, until the fry hatch. Then for some time the young is close to his mother, who protects them, because on the seabed fry – a tasty prey for any predator.Fish-drop

Despite the presentable appearance, the inhabitants of Asian countries consider fish meat drops a delicacy. Europeans to such culinary delights include cold.Fish meat drops a delicacy for Asians

Natural predators in this marine life no threat to its population comes only from the person. Combing through the bottom with a trawl in search of crabs and lobsters, the fishermen often catch fish and-drop. This fact, as well as slow the process of reproduction makes her vulnerable.

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