Every now and then, we encounter a creature so unusual that it can be difficult for some to accept it as real. On sight of such an animal, people around the world head for Google to find out whether the animal is real, or just a hoax. Usually, such “animals” do turn out to be nothing more than a hoax, but not always. One example is the blobfish. On first impression, anyone could be forgiven for doubting that it is an animal at all. It is very real, though, and there is a good reason for its bizarre appearance.
The blobfish is a reminder that we know so little about the world we live in, particularly the depths of the ocean. We have so much more exploring to do, and so many wondrous new discoveries to make. Blobfish are intriguing to us not only because of their strange appearance, but also because of the extreme conditions in which they live.
The more we learn about the blobfish, the more amazing facts we discover.
Blobfish Fact #10: Not a Beauty Pageant Winner
Few people would disagree that the blobfish is not a good-looking animal. It looks like somebody stuck some eyes and a mouth on a lump of melted wax, giving the impression of an animal that is constantly gloomy. Such is its ugliness, in fact, that it was recently voted the ugliest of all animals in the world. This is probably not helped by the fact that its appearance is almost human-like; a very ugly, miserable human.
The blobfish is not the only ugly animal in the world. It had to fight off some other contenders for the title. The naked mole rat was another strong contender, as was the unfortunately named aquatic scrotum frog, the pubic lice and the proboscis monkey. Despite such a strong field, it is still easy to see why the blobfish emerged as the winner of the title.