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5 of the Ugliest and Least Appreciated Animals

5 of the Ugliest and Least Appreciated Animals
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It’s official: The blobfish is the ugliest animal in the world. There was a vote, so it has to be true, right? I guess this might lead a sane person to ask: Why are we voting on the ugliest animal? Also, what the heck is a blobfish?

Good questions.

According to the Guardian, 3,000 people voted in an online poll in favor of giving the blobfish this dubious distinction. The campaign was run by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society (!) and the goal is to draw attention to the needs of our less cuddly and fluffy, but no less endangered, animal cousins.

Frankly, I think that’s an idea I can get behind. I mean, come on. Look at that face.

Credit: NOAA

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Frankly, I have a hard time calling animals ugly. They are all wonders of evolution, adapted over the millennia to fit perfectly in their environment. How do we respect these marvels of nature? We call them ugly. For shame, everyone. For shame.

That said, I do think the voters missed the mark on this. There are way uglier animals out there that are amazing in their own way. They aren’t endangered, like the blobfish, but they still deserve some recognition for being awesomely hideous and hideously awesome.

I decided to compile my own list of the top 5 ugliest animals. My criteria? Whimsy.

Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Naked Mole Rat

Credit: Wikipedia

I’m sure my classification of the naked mole rat as an ugly creature says more about me than it does it, because these little suckers are actually pretty cool. They are mammals, but they don’t regulate their own internal temperature like you or I or a dog do. Its body temperature tracks the ambient temperature. Also, naked mole rats were the first mammal discovered to be eusocial, like ants or bees. There is a queen naked mole rat that breeds with only a few males, while the others in the colony are workers.

2. Star-Nosed Mole

Credit: Wikipedia

I don’t really want to put any non-conventionally adorable animal on blast, but that nose will haunt my dreams. Even though I may not want that snoot waking me up in the morning, it’s actually an awesome evolutionary adaptation. That creepy nose is actually crowded with very sensitive touch receptors. The star-nosed mole is functionally blind, so it has to find its food using its highly specialized nose. It’s also the fastest-eating animal. On average, it only takes 227 milliseconds to identify and consume individual items of food.

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8:25AM PDT on May 20, 2014

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

11:44AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Really silly article.

11:43AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

NO such thing as an ugly animal. Posting things like this is not good press for animals.

11:42AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

NO such thing as an ugly animal, except when the humans decide to ask out the role of the violent human being

2:52PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

I'm not too sure how valid is a poll that asks members of a species that not only kills and tortures members of its' own species for fun and is knowingly destroying the planet that it shares with other creatures what other creatures it determines are ugly! Personally I think that those who bully and intimidate others are the ugliest creatures in the world.

2:21PM PST on Nov 28, 2013

All of those animals are beautiful.
We do have a cheek to call the blob fish ugly. First we fish it out from the deep sea where it would look quite different. It would be protected from distortion by gravity by that high pressure water deep in the sea. It would look very different and may in fact be very good looking.

3:36AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

well I think they're just beautiful, shame on you for calling them ugly.
Nah, just kidding

5:35AM PST on Nov 22, 2013

Donna R. I totally agree with you.

10:29AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

Thanks for the article and the amazing information.

10:43AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

What an amazing array of creatures we share this planet with. Thanks for the article.

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