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Blob sculpin

With a face only another blob sculpin could love, this Psychrolutes phrictus swam up to take a look at the camera on MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Tiburon. This image was taken while Tiburon was exploring a submarine canyon off the coast of Big Sur, about 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) below the sea surface. Blob sculpin grow to about 60 cm (2 feet) long and are shaped like large, flabby tadpoles. They eat crabs, sea pens, and other small animals that live on the seafloor. MBARI researchers have seen groups of blob sculpin brooding nests of eggs on undersea ridges off the coast of Northern California.

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