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.
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
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