The world’s ugliest animal has been officially named. The unpleasantly-named blobfish looks like something out of a sci-fi film. With a slimy, pale pink texture and strange coal black eyes, this isn’t the typical pet fish you bring home to your family. Hailing from the waters of Australia, the blobfish is the winner of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society with nearly 10,000 votes, and its victory was announced at the British Science Festival in Newcastle.
Blobfish live in deep seas where the pressure is several dozen times greater than it is at sea level. They spend their lives eating crabs and lobsters and gently bobbing around the deep sea, with their gelatinous body adding to their buoyancy, the British Science Association said in a statement announcing the news. The inedible blobfish faces a significant threat from being scooped up by fishing boats trawling the deep sea.
The first runner-up to the blobfish was the kakapo, an oversized flightless parrot that evolved in isolation on an island in New Zealand.
The blobfish lives off the coast of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. Fishers often accidentally capture it in their nets, diminishing the size of the blobfish population.