Blobfish Voted World’s Ugliest Animal

The blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus) a resident of the deep sea has been voted the World’s Ugliest Animal, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The fish, of the family Psychrolutidae lives between 2,000 and 3,900 feet and is now the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society that is “dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children.”
 Blobfish are often caught in bottom trawling nets and because of this, it is feared that the species may become endangered. The blobfish lacks flesh and is comprised primarily of a gelatinous mass, like other blobby material, hence its name. The fish’s mass is so dense that it doesn’t need to swim much, but rather, it bobs around the water column, eating crustaceans and other invertebrates that swim its way.

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