A slimy and a grouchy looking animal that inhabits in the waters off the coast of southeastern Australia and Tasmania has just been named the world’s ugliest animal by the British Science Association, which announced the results at an annual festival in Newcastle, northeastern England.
Perhaps, not wanting to be seen because of its unsightly feature, the blobfish, which look like a big, blobby tadpole, just a mass of pale, jelly-like flesh with puffy, loose skin, a big nose and beady, staring eyes normally prefers to lay low, usually at depths of 2,000 to 4,000 feet (600 to 1,200 meters), bobbing around above the bottom of the ocean feasting on crabs and lobsters.
More than 3000 people contributed to an online poll aimed at raising awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web.
Blobby or Grouchy, or whatever name you want to call it, bested other awful looking entries like runner-up, kakapo, a rare flightless owl-like parrot that lives in New Zealand, and third, axolotl, a Mexican amphibian also called the “walking fish.”
Other candidates were the proboscis monkey, a primate which has red genitals and an obscene schnoz, and the Titicaca water frog, which also goes under the less-than-scientific moniker of “scrotum frog.”
The blobfish’s reward is to be enshrined as the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society (http://uglyanimalsoc.com), a loose association of stand-up comedians who humorously champion endangered but visually unappealing species.
“The Ugly Animal Preservation Society is dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children,” it says on its website.