Friday, 13 September 2013

Blobfish - the worlds ugliest animal?

I read an interesting article today that I found on Facebook - always a great source of random articles. Today the Ugly Animal Preservation Society crowned the Blobfish as being the world's most disgusting and grotesque animal in the world.

The UAPS was formed to raise much needed exposure for endangered species that aren't your normal fluffy cute variety - in fact they are downright hideous but they desperately need help to stop them becoming Extinct.

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society was formed by a group of comedians including Steve Mould, Ellie Jane Taylor and Paul Foot. They searched for ideas to raise awareness and settled on having an online competition where users online could vote for who they thought was the ugliest animal. More than 100,000 viewers saw online the Youtube video that had been created. People voted in their thousands and today the Blobfish was crowned the ugliest at British Science Festival.

You may think that a competition for the ugliest animal in the world is cruel and just making a mockery of these animals but it is far from it - this was organised to raise awareness of animals that arent usually supported because of how unsightly they are. Think about it - if you saw a Blobfish what is your first reaction? Is it "aww that is so cute" or do you simply want to EWWW? It's not a crime to say that you are disgusted by the look of him but his plight is as important as the adorable endangered snow leopard or other such good looking creatures.

Simon Watt, biologist and President for Life of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society explained: “We’ve needed an ugly face for endangered animals for a long time and I’ve been amazed by the public’s reaction. For too long the cute and fluffy animals have taken the limelight but now the blobfish will be a voice for the mingers who always get forgotten.”

Personally I think I have seen uglier exes......................