Meet the world’s ugliest animal

And some not-quite-ugly-enough finalists SLIDE SHOW

Topics: endangered species, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Animals, beauty pageant, ,

Meet the world's ugliest animal (Credit: NOAA)

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society‘s online anti-beauty pageant has come to a close. The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) beat out other deformed, slimy and otherwise awkward land and sea creatures to become the new, hideous face of the organization.

The competition wasn’t even close, says the British group, which uses a mix of science and humor to spread awareness of animals that, they argue, deserve a second look. In other words, it’s not all about pandas. Still, it’s perhaps a blessing that the blobfish remains mostly hidden in the ocean’s depths.

The other nominees put up a good fight, but weren’t quite ugly enough. Below, a look at the competition.



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    World's ugliest animals

    Proboscis monkey

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    Kakapo

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    Flightless dung beetle

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    Greater short-horned lizard

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    Pig-nosed turtle

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    British bats

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    Titicaca water frog, also known as the scrotum frog

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    Axolotl

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    World's ugliest animals

    Blobfish

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Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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