The ugliest animals on the planet (11 pictures)

Not every animal is as cuddly as a giant panda or as extravagant as a peacock. Let’s see the ugliest animals on the planet.

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Blobfish

Perhaps it's unfair to judge a fish out of water, but the blobfish looks more like a ball of slime than a living creature. Blobfish live deep in the ocean, where pressures are exceedingly high. In fact, the blobfish's gelatinous appearance is actually a brilliant adaptation — its gooey, pudding-like flesh allows it to stay buoyant at depths where gaseous bladders can't function.

Blobfish

Perhaps it's unfair to judge a fish out of water, but the blobfish looks more like a ball of slime than a living creature. Blobfish live deep in the ocean, where pressures are exceedingly high. In fact, the blobfish's gelatinous appearance is actually a brilliant adaptation — its gooey, pudding-like flesh allows it to stay buoyant at depths where gaseous bladders can't function.

Aye-aye

This gremlin-looking creature, called an Aye-aye, is actually a primate found in Madagascar. Aye-ayes have a number of unusual traits, including a long, bony, witch-like middle finger that they use to pry insects and grubs from tree trunks. This allows them to fill a biological niche much like a woodpecker might. They are nocturnal, only coming out at night.

Aye-aye

This gremlin-looking creature, called an Aye-aye, is actually a primate found in Madagascar. Aye-ayes have a number of unusual traits, including a long, bony, witch-like middle finger that they use to pry insects and grubs from tree trunks. This allows them to fill a biological niche much like a woodpecker might. They are nocturnal, only coming out at night.

World's Ugliest Cat

Covered in grayish, speckled skin and sporting an unruly mane, Ugly Bat Boy is being dubbed by many as the World's Ugliest Cat.

World's Ugliest Cat

Covered in grayish, speckled skin and sporting an unruly mane, Ugly Bat Boy is being dubbed by many as the World's Ugliest Cat.

Proboscis monkey

A human might run for cover with this nose, but for the proboscis monkey, the bigger the nose the better! It turns out that nothing turns on a female proboscis monkey more than a big, bulbous schnoz. The big noses also help the monkeys to make loud, resonating warning calls.

Proboscis monkey

A human might run for cover with this nose, but for the proboscis monkey, the bigger the nose the better! It turns out that nothing turns on a female proboscis monkey more than a big, bulbous schnoz. The big noses also help the monkeys to make loud, resonating warning calls.

Star-nosed mole

These moles might have the most bizarre noses in the animal kingdom. Their weird whiffers are defined by 22 fleshy appendages that act more like ultra-sensitive fingers than a nose. The snouts are lined with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors that help the mole feel its way through its underground lair.

Star-nosed mole

These moles might have the most bizarre noses in the animal kingdom. Their weird whiffers are defined by 22 fleshy appendages that act more like ultra-sensitive fingers than a nose. The snouts are lined with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors that help the mole feel its way through its underground lair.

Bactrian camel 

Bactrian camels can be found in central Asia

Bactrian camel 

Bactrian camels can be found in central Asia

Chinese crested hairless dog

Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese crested hairless dog, celebrated her win in the "World's Ugliest Dog Contest" in 2009 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petaluma, Calif. She also won Animal Planet's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest that same year.

Chinese crested hairless dog

Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese crested hairless dog, celebrated her win in the "World's Ugliest Dog Contest" in 2009 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petaluma, Calif. She also won Animal Planet's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest that same year.

Naked mole rat

It must be difficult to maintain a vibrant self-image if you're a bald rodent, but it's not an issue for the naked mole rat. These animals live underground in insect-like colonies, and they have little need for good eyesight. Their hairless bodies are also an adaptation for their underground environment. Interestingly, naked mole rats are also among the longest living of all rodents given their size (they can live for nearly 30 years), and theyhave a remarkable resistance to SHOW MORE

Naked mole rat

It must be difficult to maintain a vibrant self-image if you're a bald rodent, but it's not an issue for the naked mole rat. These animals live underground in insect-like colonies, and they have little need for good eyesight. Their hairless bodies are also an adaptation for their underground environment. Interestingly, naked mole rats are also among the longest living of all rodents given their size (they can live for nearly 30 years), and theyhave a remarkable resistance to cancer. LESS

Naked mole rat

It must be difficult to maintain a vibrant self-image if you're a bald rodent, but it's not an issue for the naked mole rat. These animals live underground in insect-like colonies, and they have little need for good eyesight. Their hairless bodies are also an adaptation for their underground environment. Interestingly, naked mole rats are also among the longest living of all rodents given their size (they can live for nearly 30 years), and theyhave a remarkable resistance to cancer.

Horseshoe Bat

The horseshoe bat has a face that only a mother could love. And event that's in doubt. Those flaps on his face are part of his nose. They work like ears to help him better echolocate his prey. They also make him one of the ugliest bats on the planet. An already ugly species.

Horseshoe Bat

The horseshoe bat has a face that only a mother could love. And event that's in doubt. Those flaps on his face are part of his nose. They work like ears to help him better echolocate his prey. They also make him one of the ugliest bats on the planet. An already ugly species.

Celestial eyed gold fish

In the case of this celestial eyed gold fish, we're guessing its eyes really are bigger than its stomach! With its large, protruding eyeballs and split double tail, this fresh water creature is one of the strangest animals we've ever seen.

Celestial eyed gold fish

In the case of this celestial eyed gold fish, we're guessing its eyes really are bigger than its stomach! With its large, protruding eyeballs and split double tail, this fresh water creature is one of the strangest animals we've ever seen.

California condor

One of the world's rarest birds and North America's largest flying land bird, the California condor is a graceful animal when it is gliding high above the canyons and deserts of the American West Coast.But up close, this bird isn't so photogenic. Its bald head is an adaptation for its lifestyle as a scavenger, since a feathered head would become clotted with blood while the bird feeds on large carrion.

California condor

One of the world's rarest birds and North America's largest flying land bird, the California condor is a graceful animal when it is gliding high above the canyons and deserts of the American West Coast.But up close, this bird isn't so photogenic. Its bald head is an adaptation for its lifestyle as a scavenger, since a feathered head would become clotted with blood while the bird feeds on large carrion.

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