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A Week of Fish: World's Ugliest Animal

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Sep 2013

During the week Mr Blobby was voted the 'world's ugliest animal'.  I would like to set the record straight!

Blobfish, Psychrolutes microporos (aka Mr Blobby)

Kerryn Parkinson © NORFANZ Founding Parties

World's Ugliest Aminal:

According to the Ugly Animal Preservation Society our beloved 'Mr Blobby' was voted the world's ugliest animal.

Here are the facts - Mr Blobby was caught during the NORFANZ expedition in 2003 and photographed by Kerryn Parkinson while at sea on board the research vessel Tangaroa. Mr Blobby now resides in the Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection.

The image has been used hundreds of thousands of times on the Web.  Its copyright is owned by NORFANZ Founding Parties. I feel I have some claim to the photo's existence ... I was horribly seasick during the first leg of the expedition, which ended at Lord Howe Island. I 'abandoned ship' and Kerryn flew in to take my place. The rest is history.

And for what it's worth, I don't think My Blobby is ugly and neither did the Mr Blobby fans who wrote him letters while he was on display at the Australian Museum.  CSIRO, one of the 'founding parties' have just added a good post on the fish.

New fact sheets:

Purplespotted Bigeye, Priacanthus tayenus
Sharpnose Grunter, Syncomistes butleri
Whitley's Sergeant, Abudefduf whitleyi

New images:

Clarence River Cod, Maccullochella ikei
Leopard Blenny at North Solitary Island
Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis
Shortfin Seabat and prawn
Shortfin Seabat, Halieutaea brevicauda
Threebar Porcupinefish at Halifax Park

New movies:

Fish FAQ - Can fishes change colour?
Leopard Blenny, Exallias brevis

Past visitor:

Jenny Giles

New image gallery:

Boarfishes

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