By Mirembe Martina
Blobfish has been voted the ugliest animal in a competition which was held by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
There were 11 nominees for the title but the blobfish, also known as Psychrolutes marcidus beat other potential contenders. Ugly Animal Preservation Society was founded to raise the profile of animals in need of protection, particularly those who may not be as esthetically pleasing.
A large, unattractive and creepy blob, the blobfish was described by The Guardian “a marine Jabba the Hut.” The Preservation Society hoped to raise awareness about endangered animals. More than 3000 ballots were cast in the online competition but 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.
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.