World's ugliest animals
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.
Flightless dung beetle
Greater short-horned lizard
Titicaca water frog, also known as the scrotum frog
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)