The blobfish… it looks just as it sounds. An amorphous, gloppy and pale pile of gelatinous flesh. There are some absolutely stunning creations in the animal kingdom – this is not one of them. The blobfish, dubbed by some as a “marine Jabba the Hut,” is getting a little notoriety after being hailed as the “Ugliest Animal on the Planet,” reports MSN on Sept. 12.
The ugly animal contest, ran out of the U.K., was sponsored by the National Science and Engineering Competition, in order to encourage “young people to get involved in conservation projects, as well as to promote animals with faces only a mother could love.”
The runaway winner, by almost 10,000 votes, was our puffy-faced friend here.
“For too long the cute and fluffy animals have taken the limelight and now hundreds of species are tragically extinct because they were painfully ugly,” said Simon Watt, a biologist and president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. “You can help these mongers by choosing one animal to stand up for all the other uglies in the animal kingdom.”
The blobfish, which looks like a children’s cartoon character with its droopy “nose,” tiny eyes and lips somewhere between Lisa Rinna and a garden hose, is a bottom dwelling fish that inhabits deep ocean waters mainly off the coast of Australia.
The blobfish have a distinct lack of muscle, instead floating about the ocean floor and swallowing edible matter that happens to be in front of it at the time.
Who do you think the blobfish looks like? A smushed Wilford Brimley? A melted Charlie Brown? Leave your thoughts below?