Earth is the only known planet with life on it. The creations on this planet exist in many different forms, shapes and colours. Looks can be deceiving. Even though organisms may look happy, sad or vicious they survive and thrive with their special adaptions.
The creations in nature exist in many different forms, shapes and colours. If this were not the case, the world would have been a much dismal place. We humans take the beauty of nature for granted. Very few people stop to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. When humans started walking the surface of the earth, we started altering the environment to suite to our needs. We decided it was too much work for us to adapt to the environment. The result of this is that, little by little the world is losing its beauty and becoming a greyer place.
This article is written to show and create awareness among the readers about some of these beauties before they vanish from the surface of this planet. It is said that beauty is skin deep, and so can be sadness.
The blob fish is the saddest looking and one of the most bizarre fish that looks like a ‘blob’ of goo. The fish lacks real muscles, but instead has a gelatinous mass, which is slightly less dense than water. The presence of swim bladders in most fishes helps them to maintain buoyancy. The blob fish lacks this feature; however, its low density keeps it from sinking to the bottom of the ocean. The blob fish can grow up to 12 inches long and they live off the coast of mainland Australia and Tasmania at depths of 600-1200 meters. They are bottom dwellers that feed on sea urchins and molluscs. These little creatures are critically endangered and facing the risk of extinction as they are being caught along with crustacea, due to deep sea trawling.
Deep-sea hatchet fish
The deep-sea hatchet fish is a mesopelagic fish found in the deepest parts of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. They are deep-sea fish occurring at depths of about 0.2 km to 6 km. These small fishes vary in sizes ranging between 2.8 to 12 cm. They have bioluminescent organs known as photophores, which allow them to camouflage from predators. They do this by adjusting to the intensity of the light coming from the surface. This makes it nearly impossible for predators to see the deep-sea hatchets from below. The deep-sea hatchet fish has large sunken eyes, like that of a ghost. They are able to see objects close and far to them with their large and sometimes tube shaped eyes. Their special eyes give them a sad look like that of a trapped soul.