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?
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.
How could you not want to help?
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:
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.
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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