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Top 15 Ugliest Animals in the World

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Animals have always been man’s best friend. They have not only showered affection on us but also graced the beauty of Earth. No wonder everyone gets amused by the helpfulness and appearance of the animal world. But you will be taken aback by some members of this kingdom. Their unusual display will definitely scare you at the first glance. Every now and then, nature might seem really frightening. Sometimes, animals are equipped with certain abilities to help them survive in the wild or in the treacherous seas and sometimes, this does not make them look as gorgeous as you might think. There are some animals you don’t even want to look at the second time. Here are top ten ugliest animals around the world. And they will never make a place for you “I want to pet” list.

UGLIEST ANIMALS

1. BLOB FISH

You might have never thought about their existence but they do exist. Not having any bone makes it look uglier. That is the reason they were once given the title of World’s Ugliest Animal. Blob fish have features as weird as their external structure. They live under 2000-4000 feet with extremely high pressure. While unusual pressure can kill most aquatic animals, it does not affect it. Blob fish uses its gelatinous mass to flow in the water. So, the lack of swim bladder acts as an advantage. They conserve their energy and are mostly found lethargic. But you will be surprised to learn that blob fish has been an inspiration for various pop music and art. A certain website ran an online poll and this animal turned up as No.1. No surprises here. If you have a blobfish in your aquarium, you will probably have very few visitors. Usually found on the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, this hideous creature is rarely encountered by humans, which is totally fine! They weigh a lot but they still float on water thanks to the gelatinous material it is made of, which is less dense than water.

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2. AYE-AYE

World’s largest nocturnal primate is also very bizarre. Right from its appearance to its feeding habits. Aye-Aye is one of the ugliest animals. Their pointed face with large eyes, a pink nose, rodent-like teeth and bushy tail gives a very frightening sight, While its body grows a foot long, the tail also grows up to the same length. Aye-Aye have long fingers, the third finger being the longest and thinnest, which is mostly used for feeding purpose as it drills the hole in the tree, just like rodents, Aye–Aye’s teeth grow throughout its life.

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3. STRIATED FROGFISH

The marine creature is known for adapting itself according to its surrounding. And this helps it to lure its prey. They are known to expand their mouth according to the size of their prey. Striated Frogfish (also known as hairy frogfish) is covered with spines that appear like hair all over its body. This fish has a special adaptation on the top of its head, called Esca, which can be regenerated. These fishes kill and eat the females.

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4. SPHYNX CAT

Cats have always been one of the most adorable and lovable pets. They are carefree, playful and sometimes reserved. But there is also the breed that stands out from the group. Sphynx Cats are a strange breed. They are hairless. Yes, this breed was developed in the 1970s by crossbreeding hairless cats and Rex Cats, Even if they are friendly and social, their wrinkled face, bug eyes and two-three inches high ears are not a pleasant thing to see. Actually, Sphynx Cats are not entirely furless; they have a very thin layer of hair on their skin. They eat a lot and need regular bathing. Yes! Cleanliness is a must. Cats are always cute. All cats are cute. But not this one. What makes this cat different from its other species is the complete lack of hair. It looks as though it is the skin of a wrinkly old man. Even as a kitten, these cats do not look very adorable. While it may look like these cats are created in some sort of lab, which is partially true as these species were natural mutations that took place in Minnesota and Canada. It is one of the ugliest animals among cat species.

Ugliest Animals

5. TARSIER

An animal having eyeball as large as the brain. Isn’t the thought itself something weird? Well, Tarsiers are prosimian primates. And they have been named so for their extremely long bones in their feet. These creatures master the skill of vertical clinging and leaping. The small figure along with velvety fur, long tail (20-25 cm long) and this places the creature among the ugliest animals in the world. One interesting thing is the unusual arrangement of the brain. Moreover, they can turn their head in 180 degrees in both directions. They even jump distances 40 times their own length.

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6. GOBLIN SHARK

One of the terrifying deep sea creatures, Goblin Shark is a rare species of shark that lives deep in the ocean. Their unusual lifestyle has earned them the name of Vampire Shark too. These 10-13 feet long aquatic animal is not like other species of shark. They look ugly and extremely scary. The pink-skinned Goblin Shark has a long and flat snout and it is used for attacks on the prey. The jaws are filled with sharp teeth and are highly protrusible. The colour of the Goblin sharks act as a good camouflage, often confusing the prey. Even if they are scary looking, they don’t attack humans. Their food mostly consists if teleost fishes and other fishes living in the bottom layer.

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7. STAR-NOSED MOLE

The first mammal proved to smell underwater, Star-nosed mole is a small mole with bizarre appearance. It is covered with thick, blackish-brown fur. It has 22 tentacles around its nose. Along with that, it has 25,000 sensors in its tentacles. They are excellent swimmers too. The weird looking animal also holds the title of World’s fastest eater. It is the only mole species that lives in swamps and marshes. Star-nosed moles are indeed a unique species. At times, an animal might lose its looks to gain anatomical benefits. Yes, we are talking about the Star-Nosed Mole. Each and every fleshy ray in its snout contains hundreds and thousands of sensory organs which help them smell, navigate and hunt for prey. These fleshy wave-like structures help them do everything including finding its way back home from an unknown environment. It is known to spend most of its time in water occasionally coming out to the shore to hunt other prey. It is also one of the blind animals in the world.

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8. CHAULIODUS SLOANI

Sloane’s Viperfish or Chauliodus Sloani has the teeth relatively bigger than the head size id a fish. And it holds World record for the same. The 30 cm long dragon fish has teeth that are over half its length. Living in the deep sea it mostly feeds on small fishes. It migrates vertically. What makes it ugly is its long fang-like teeth and largemouth.

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9. VAMPIRE CAT

A large number of bats flying together has always given us cold feet. But Vampire Bats are the deadliest among all. Their short conical shape makes them look uglier. Along with that, the front teeth are sharp enough to pierce the skin of their prey. They can walk, jump and even run. They have three species, the common vampire bat, the Hairy-legged vampire bat and the White-winged vampire bat. Though a bit different in some of the other way, they primarily feed on the blood of mammals. They have a strong sense of smell, to compensate their poor eyesight.

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10. HORSESHOE BAT

If an ordinary bat frightens you, this might just scare the living daylight out of you! Horseshoe bats have horseshoe-shaped protuberances called noseleafs on their noses which adds to their ugly appearance. These bats like all others, have poor eyesight and rely mostly on echolocation to navigate. They do not have the sturdiest of limbs but they have very good wings and can fly large distance at a time in a single stretch.

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11.PROBOSCIS MONKEY

This monkey is famous for its appearance as it has a protruding nose on its already unattractive face. This monkey is called the ‘proboscis’ because of the dangling nose of the male primates. It might grow up to 10cms which is double the size of the average human nose. What is fascinating is that these species are born with a blue face and a small nose but this changes slowly as it ages. They also have a permanent pot belly which makes them pretty obnoxious and ugly to look at. It is one of the ugliest animals among all monkey species. It is one of the weirdest looking animals in the world.

Weirdest Looking Animals

12. NAKED-MOLE RAT

As we learn from its name, this rat species has got no fur on its body. Combining a skinny body with no fur, we get a naked-mole rat and it is not very pleasing to the eye. It is a completely unfortunate sight for many reasons. Firstly, it has scattered hair on its body which looks appalling and moreover it has very small eyes, almost non-existent and a protruding teeth. Not a beautiful sight, is it?

Weirdest Looking Animals

13.MATAMATA TURTLE

The name Matamata turtle which actually translates to ‘kill!kill!’ in Spanish does actually look like a killer. This turtle has a long neck with warts all over it and its fleshy folds along the neck do not make it easy to look at. They also have a very flat head and a protruding nose which help them breathe when they are underwater. Found in the marshy regions of South America, these turtle species look like a pile of rocks from a certain distance. They do not move much and they wait for their prey to come near them and as they do, the matamata turtle will suck it up and swallow as a whole. They generally consume only fishes.It is one of the ugliest animals in the world.

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14. FRUIT FLY

This is one of the animals that are found in every corner of the world except Antarctica. You would probably think this is some kind of drawing made by a young child but I kid you not, this is a real fly with its bulgy red eyes and strong wings. This little fly would prove to be the horror story of many children and some adults as well. These flies live and die very quickly with a rapid life cycle living only 40-50 days.

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15. MEXICAN BURROWING FROG

Found in regions of Southern America, Mexico and Central America, this stout, beady-eyed frog spends most of its time underground. They have a distinct red stripe on their back and also very short legs. These legs are used for digging holes instead of hopping like the usual frogs. These hideous creatures live underground almost always and comes out only after heavy rains. It is one of the ugliest animals among frog species in the world.

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So there is a list of the top ten ugliest animals in the world! If you think, other animals should make the list, feel free to comment.

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