Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Season Pictures! #1

Well, it is that time of the year. We will all be inundated my Holiday this and Holiday that. So, here is mine! It is a very simple picture, yet, it is somewhat funny. I doubt the dog put the hat on himself!   

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Blobfish

First of all I would like to apologize for not posting in so long. I have been incredibly busy. 

The Blobfish


Let me express your reaction for you:  WHAT is that?  Of course you don't know, because the blobfish is one of the most rare animals inhabiting our globe, and the chances of you seeing one in person are about as likely as you catching a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster.

The blobfish, looking quite blobular indeed and nonetheless sounding as if a two-year old named it, is currently in danger of extinction due to deep sea fishing off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania.  It inhabits waters where the pressure is so high that a normal "gas bladder" would imbalance its buoyancy.  The blobfish, whose skin consists of mainly gelatinous matter, doesn't have much muscle, but it doesn't need it either.  It just consumes whatever food floats by it near the ocean floor.  Talk about laziness.

Admittedly, I cannot convince you that the blobfish possesses some redeeming qualities that make it "cute" (Yes, I'm sure I convinced most of you that skunks are, in fact, cute).  When I first stumbled upon this animal, I was sure it was fake- a replica of some alien or even a made-up inspiration for Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars.
  
See the resemblance? For me, the blobfish's peculiar nature mostly stems from how little people know about it.  The lack of scientific information about the fish is probably due to its extremely rare sightings, but what other animal literally resembles a shapeless mass the color of a brain? Cool- life as a blob.  I'm captivated, as I'm sure most other lazy college students are.  Perhaps the blobfish lives a lackadaisical lifestyle that many of us would envy, or maybe the blobfish is just another funny looking animal that happens to remind us of Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars.  No matter which way you view the blobfish, this particularly peculiar animal deserves distinction for its somewhat appalling brain-like appearance, lazy living habits, and aura of mystery.