Miserable-Looking Fish Wins Ugliest Animal Award

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LONDON - The blobfish, a denizen of the Pacific that looks like a bald, grumpy old man, has been named the world's ugliest animal, organisers of the offbeat competition said on Thursday.

Blobfish Named World's Ugliest Animal

More than 3,000 people contributed to an online poll aimed at raising awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web.The blobfish, a squidgy pink creature capable of enduring otherwise crushing pressures at great depth, is becoming a casualty of deep-sea trawling.

It was a clear winner, snatching 795 votes, said Coralie Young of the British Science Association, which announced the results at an annual festival in Newcastle, northeastern England. Runner-up was the kakapo, a rare flightless owl-like parrot that lives in New Zealand, and third was the axolotl, a Mexican amphibian also called the "walking fish."

Other candidates were the proboscis monkey, which has red genitals, a big nose and a pot belly, and the Titicaca water frog, which also goes under the less-than-scientific moniker of "scrotum frog."

A total of 88,000 people visited the website where the polling took place, reflecting wide interest in the issue, she said.

"It's a light-hearted way to make people think about conservation," Young said by telephone.

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.

​ "The panda gets too much attention."


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September 16 2013 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why is the M.I.B. 3 creature on this picture. From the Asian kitchen scene

September 16 2013 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am sure other blobfish find him attractive!

September 16 2013 at 12:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"80 meters, or almost 3000 ft". Yeah, not even close!

September 16 2013 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nope, humans are the ugliest animal by far, in every sense of the word.

September 15 2013 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ihave a friend in LOng Beach,Ca. who looks exactly like this!

September 15 2013 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Weaver

My vote would have gone to Nick Nolte or Flavor Flav.

September 15 2013 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just can\'t understand anyone thinking any of Jehovah God\'s creations are ugly. There is so much variety and they are all so unique in their own way, the \"blob fish\" included. I love seeing amazing critters I\'ve never seen before.

September 15 2013 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Goede

It would be interesting to know how the animal view us. Probably along the same lines! You think?

September 15 2013 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like Kilroy!

September 15 2013 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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