Which would you choose???
The blobfish, the pig-nosed turtle or the proboscis monkey: Which of these is the world’s ugliest animal?
YouTube video, “Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote”, published on Sep 13, 2013 ~ The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote to become the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society has launched campaign to find the ugliest. Celebrities including Stephen Fry and Simon Pegg have given support. The project hopes to encourage young people to get involved in conservation projects, and to raise the profile of some of the world’s least cutesy animals, ‘challenging our love-affair with the poster-boys of conservation like the panda and the red squirrel’.
BLOBFISH No beauty: The blobfish, which inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of the Australia and Tasmania, is one of a list of unusual creatures the Ugly Animal Preservation Society hopes to help save from extinction. The blobfish lives at depths between 600 and 1,200 metres where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level. Its gelatinous appearance aids it buoyancy, as it spends its life gently bobbing around the deep sea. Although they are inedible, the blobfish suffers a significant threat from fishing trawlers, hunting the crabs and lobsters living at the same depth.
AXOLOTL: This freaky cross between Peter Pan and the Xmen, is endangered because of urbanisation in Mexico City and polluted waters. The best-known of the Mexican neotenic mole salamanders belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled. The axolotl is a type of salamander, which remain aquatic for their entire life, and has the amazing ability to regenerate lost limbs. This freaky cross between Peter Pan and the Xmen, is endangered because of urbanisation in Mexico City and polluted waters.
DROMEDARY JUMPING SLUG: The dromedary jumping slug wriggles its way out of danger, avoiding predators with a quick flick. It’s part of the Aronidae family and lives mainly in the Americas. The dromedary jumping slug wriggles its way out of danger, avoiding predators with a quick flick. It’s part of the Aronidae family and lives mainly in the Americas. Tom Toal (comedian and actor) thinks the slug deserves far more recognition than it currently gets… ‘It’s a slug, with a hump on its back, that can jump! Where’s its Disney movie?? You’ve got the Hunchback of Notre Dame… where’s the dromedary jumping slug and the princess?’
PIG-NOSED TURTLE: The most unique feature of the animal is the elongated, pig-like snout, which acts like a snorkel, allowing the turtle to breathe while the rest of the body remains underwater. The pig-nosed turtle is the sole surviving member of an ancient and once widespread family of animals. The most unique feature is the elongated, pig-like snout, which acts like a snorkel, allowing the turtle to breathe while the rest of the body remains underwater (perhaps so it never has to show the world its ugly face?).
European eels: Young eels are pictured in a basket at the Rhine river in Woerth Am Rhein, Germany. A favourite cockney snack, the European eel is threatened by overfishing and environmental changes. Its unusual life cycle sees it change colour as it grows, from transparent to yellow to dark grey.
TITICACA WATER FROG: aka the ‘scrotum frog’, which is only found in Lake Titicaca on the border of Peru and Bolivia. The largest truly aquatic frog, the Titicaca water frog is found only in Lake Titicaca in South America. Its Latin name literally translates as “aquatic scrotum” – the multiple folds in its skin enable it to breathe underwater without needing to surface for air. The Titicaca frog, also known as the ‘scrotum frog’, is found on the border of Peru and Bolivia. Locals make a frappe of the frog, which is considered an aphrodisiac, by cooking it and running it through a blender. Comedian Iszi Lawrence highlighted the critter’s inherent comedy value. “Scrotum frog, you heard me right, scrotum frog. Even better than being called scrotum frog, it lives in Lake Titicaca!”
Other entries (non amphibian) were:
British bat, great short-horned lizard, flightless Kakapo parrot, Proboscis monkey and pubic louse.