Blobfish voted world’s ugliest animal (video)

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Blobfish1The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus), a species that lives at great depths off the coast of southeastern Australia and Tasmania at depths of 700 to 1,300 meters, has been declared “World’s Ugliest Animal” and adopted as the mascot of the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society” which ran the related online contest. More than 3,000 votes were cast in the competition, with 795 for the blobfish.

The society said it wants to raise awareness for endangered and “aesthetically challenged” animals. With 200 species becoming extinct every day, it says ugly animals need more help because of their less than “pin-up” appearance.

The flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water, which allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it such as deep-ocean crustaceans.

The victory of this animal does not come as a surprise. When it was first discovered in the 1880s, people suspected pictures to be fraudulent as they could not possibly believe that an animal could be so unsightly.

However, as blobfish are often caught as bycatch in trawling nets, maritime scientists now fear the blobfish could become an endangered species because of deep-ocean trawling.

Other animals voted into the top from 11 nominations were the kakapo, a giant flightless parrot from New Zealand that is often in danger from predators because of its overly curious nature, the axolotl, a salamander that can regenerate its own limbs and is said to never grow up, the Titicaca water frog, named after the South American lake where it lives, dubbed the “aquatic scrotum frog”, the proboscis monkey which, with a rather large nose which is said to be attractive to its mates, has also a very bloated and gassy stomach caused by its love of eating unripe fruit, the Indonesian Komodo dragon and the dromedary jumping slug, which flips unusually when disturbed.

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The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus), a species that lives at great depths off the coast of southeastern Australia and Tasmania at depths of 700 to 1,300 meters, has been declared “World’s Ugliest Animal” and adopted as the mascot of the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society” which ran the related online contest. More than 3,000 votes were cast in the competition, with 795 for the blobfish.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Blobfish1The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus), a species that lives at great depths off the coast of southeastern Australia and Tasmania at depths of 700 to 1,300 meters, has been declared “World’s Ugliest Animal” and adopted as the mascot of the “Ugly Animal Preservation Society” which ran the related online contest. More than 3,000 votes were cast in the competition, with 795 for the blobfish.

The society said it wants to raise awareness for endangered and “aesthetically challenged” animals. With 200 species becoming extinct every day, it says ugly animals need more help because of their less than “pin-up” appearance.

The flesh of the blobfish is primarily a gelatinous mass with a density slightly less than water, which allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming. Its relative lack of muscle is not a disadvantage as it primarily swallows edible matter that floats in front of it such as deep-ocean crustaceans.

The victory of this animal does not come as a surprise. When it was first discovered in the 1880s, people suspected pictures to be fraudulent as they could not possibly believe that an animal could be so unsightly.

However, as blobfish are often caught as bycatch in trawling nets, maritime scientists now fear the blobfish could become an endangered species because of deep-ocean trawling.

Other animals voted into the top from 11 nominations were the kakapo, a giant flightless parrot from New Zealand that is often in danger from predators because of its overly curious nature, the axolotl, a salamander that can regenerate its own limbs and is said to never grow up, the Titicaca water frog, named after the South American lake where it lives, dubbed the “aquatic scrotum frog”, the proboscis monkey which, with a rather large nose which is said to be attractive to its mates, has also a very bloated and gassy stomach caused by its love of eating unripe fruit, the Indonesian Komodo dragon and the dromedary jumping slug, which flips unusually when disturbed.

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