What looks like a grumpy old man and lives at the bottom of the Indian Ocean?
It’s the world’s ugliest animal, the blob fish!
It lives between Tanzania in Africa and Australia at 800 metres (2,624 feet) below the ocean’s surface, a depth where very few other creatures can survive.
value to fishermen.
Most fish have a swim-bladder, which is filled with gas and helps the fish stay afloat underwater. At 800 metres where the blob fish lives, water pressure is 80 times higher than at higher sea level that the swim-bladder wouldn’t be able to serve its purpose.
So the blob fish doesn’t have a swim-bladder or muscles because its skin helps it stay afloat just above the sea floor without having to use any energy.
The blob fish has become the new mascot for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, an organization that is dedicated to preserving and “raising the profile of some of Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children.”
They want the world to know that we need to help preserve the populations of ugly animals too!
Since the blobfish likes to eat lobsters and crabs they often get caught in nets that are meant to catch crustaceans and end up dying or being killed.
Pig Nosed Turtle
Several of the runner-ups for the world’s ugliest animal were the Kakapo, a large parrot that cannot fly; the axolotl, a tiny water salamander with a funny big grin; the long-nosed proboscis monkey, and the pig-nosed turtle.