The blobfish is officially the ugliest animal on the planet. It looks, as its name might suggest, like a large, unattractive and — dare we say — creepy blob. The Guardian describes it “a marine Jabba the Hut.”
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society—yes, that exists—hoped to raise awareness about endangered animals by electing a new, aesthetically-challenged mascot. More than 3000 ballots were cast in the online competition. The blobfish earned 795 votes.
“We’ve needed an ugly face for endangered animals for a long time, and I’ve been amazed by the public’s reaction,” says Simon Watt, the society’s president. “For too long the cute and fluffy animals have taken the limelight but now the blobfish will be a voice for the mingers who always get forgotten.”
The blobfish lives off the coast of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. Fishers often accidentally capture it in their nets, diminishing the size of the blobfish population.