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5 of the Ugliest and Least Appreciated Animals

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3. Goblin Shark

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Good lord! To be fair, it’s possible that I’m mistaking “ugly” for “terrifying” with this one. Is that a sword on its head? Will it kill me? Probably not, actually. It lives too deep in the ocean to have any interactions with humans. That head-sword long snout is covered with little electroreceptors called ampullae of Lorenzini that allow it to sense tiny electrical fields emitted by its prey. When prey is detected, the goblin shark pops its jaw out and chomps.

Seriously. Nothing should be able to do that.

4. Anglerfish

Credit: Wikipedia

The anglerfish might be scary or just curious, depending on where you meet it. If you meet it at an aquarium, no problem. If you meet it in its natural habitat… Well, you might pee your pants. Okay, I might pee my pants. Look at it, all glowy and terrifying.

You might guess why the anglerfish is named so; it’s because of how it hunts. The anglerfish grows a long spine (it’s actually a modified dorsal fin) with a fleshy growth on the end. The fish wiggles that around the water so it looks like another animal’s prey. Once the anglerfish’s prey is within reach, chomp! Fool me once, you get eaten by an anglerfish, I guess.

5. Hagfish

Credit: Wikipedia

Can we agree that, for all its virtues, the hagfish is one of the grossest things on the planet? It’s otherwise known as a slime eel for a reason. Even though it’s super gross, the slime the hagfish produces is actually a pretty good defense strategy. When it’s captured or held, the 100 glands that run along its body spring into action and produce a viscous mucus. When combined with water, this snot can expand to over five gallons. Yeah. Five gallons of snot in the ocean. Oh man, I’m so grossed out.

If the deluge of mucus doesn’t result in their freedom, the hagfish have another trick up their sleeve. They can tie themselves in a knot, which scraps off the slime and frees them from their captor.

Here’s to the ugly animals! You are deceptively awesome.

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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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