LONDON – The blobfish, a denizen of the Pacific that looks like a bald, grumpy old man, has been named the world’s ugliest animal, organizers of the offbeat competition said Thursday.
More than 3,000 people contributed to an online poll aimed at raising awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web.
The blobfish, a pink creature capable of enduring otherwise crushing pressures at great depth, is becoming a casualty of deep-sea trawling.
It was a clear winner, snatching 795 votes, said Coralie Young of the British Science Association, which announced the results at an annual festival in Newcastle, England.
Runner-up was the kakapo, a rare flightless owl-like parrot found in New Zealand, and third was the axolotl, a Mexican amphibian also called the “walking fish.”