Blobfish Voted Ugliest Animal

And you can see why

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A Blobfish in Birmhingham, England, on Nov. 30, 1999.

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.

The kakopo, the axolotl, the Titicaca water frog and the proboscis monkey were also in contention for ugliest being roaming our planet. In our opinion, the right species won.

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10 comments
DavidConroy
DavidConroy

It must be distraught. We should definitely take full advantage of this revelation and sell it a bunch of cosmetic procedures, gym membership and a makeover consultant. Then sell it some comfort food for when all that fails to make it happier. And a subscription to a beauty magazine to make it feel even uglier, and another magazine to help it feel inadequate at its job, too.

I get that it's not intended as a serious "accolade", or as an insult to the creature itself, but it should also remind us that we are the only species that spends so much time and effort judging each other on superficial criteria, and making our living manipulating each other's insecurities.

Nightshade_Nine
Nightshade_Nine

Not ugly at all.

One day humanity will meet extraterrestrial life. And much to their surprise will find that bi-pedal asymmetric is NOT precursor  to intelligent sentient life.

Much to their shock and horror human might hear in their universal translator upon first contact. “Eh… humans are hideously ugly. Anything that ugly has to be EVIL.. Kill it!”  

byatr380@kutztown.edu
byatr380@kutztown.edu

honestly I'd say the blobfish is about equally as cute as alot of pinchy faced babies that I see in every day life.

Zardoz
Zardoz

If he would get that nose wart removed, dental implants, and a few hair plugs he could be passable. Put him in a Lamborghini and he would probably do alright. ( at least here in L.A. )

ThereseKlemz
ThereseKlemz

After looking up the other animals in contention, I agree that this poor blobfish is the ugliest of the ugly!

BobRegan
BobRegan

It looks like Newt Gingrich with  his skull removed