Blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus)
The blobfish, a denizen of the Pacific has been voted as the unofficial world’s ugliest animal.
The winner was announced at the British Science Festival in Newcastle.
The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote which was organised by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
As the winner, the blobfish is now the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.
Biologist and TV presenter Simon Watt, president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, said he hoped the campaign would draw attention to the threats facing these weird and wonderful creatures.
It is part of the campaign to raise awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web.
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