Blobfish Named World’s Ugliest Animal

    September 12, 2013
    Brian Powell
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In a stunning (read, not stunning at all – in any way, shape, or form) announcement, the animal pictured above has recently been crowned the world’s ugliest animal. A recent contest held by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in partnership with the National Science + Engineering Competition, resulted in this beauty receiving the most votes (by 10,000+) over 10 other competitors: the Axolotl, British bats, the Dromedary Jumping Slug, the European Common Eel, the Flightless Dung Beetle, the Greater Short-Horned Lizard, the Kakapo, the Pig-Nosed Turtle, the Proboscis Monkey, and the Titicaca Scrotum Frog (That’s right, folks. A frog named after a man’s change-purse. Shudder…)

The goal of the contest was to raised awareness about endangered animals that do not receive the same amount of attention as the “cuter” animals. Scientist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox became the unofficial spokesperson for the campaign, stating “I support the ugly animal campaign, there are too many people trying to save cute animals. They get all the press, and all the attention. Ugly animals are more deserving than cute animals. So I think it is a superb campaign.” The contest garnered hundreds of thousands of viewers to its webpage and resulted in thousands of votes. Famous British celebrities such as Simon Pegg and Stephen Fry even joined in on the campaign, tweeting support for their favorite entry.

Since the point is to raise awareness, let’s learn something about the blobfish. According to the British Science Association, the blobfish lives off the coast of Australia under higher pressure areas, anywhere from 600-1200 feet deep, and can grow up to 12 inches in length. Apparently, the only thing it does is bob around in the ocean…all day… Its gelatinous appearance both help it float without the aid of a gas bladder and allow it to just swallow up deep-water crustaceans. The blobfish is endangered because it is often swallowed up in the nets of fishing trawlers.

While the blobfish may have been chosen as the world’s ugliest animals by primarily Brits (Who is probably the best group of people to judge ugliness…), but I want to know what our readers think. Here is the rest of the top five. Which animal is the ugliest? Respond in the Comments Section below.

Number 2: The Kakapo


Image via Wikimedia Commons

Number 3: The Axolotl


Image via Wikimedia Commons

Number 4: The Titicaca Scrotum Frog


Image via Conservation.org

Number 5: The Proboscis Monkey


Image via Wikimedia Commons

* My vote is for the monkey. *

Blobfish image via NOAA

  • http://www.manilaeventsexclusive.com Events

    Blobfish resembles to the character in ghostbuster movie

  • Sherry Tice

    I hope they put the poor little guy back in the water. I think he’s kind of cute!

  • Judie

    Kinda looks like a guy I work with….