Nature is known for its extremes. Not every animal is as cuddly as a giant panda or as cute as a teddy dog; some creatures are just plain bad looking – ugly, to be honest. Most people will not even give those extremely weird and ugly animals a second look. But every one of them has its natural role to fulfill with its specifically designed organisms.
Let's take a look at the 10 Most Weird looking Animals in the World:
1. Blob Fish
The Blob Fish looks more like a cartoon character than a fish. This little guy has a gloomy face, so it is often referred to as the "most sorrowful fish in the world." It has very few muscles and moves very slowly, almost floating like a jelly fish. The fish usually waits on the bottom of the ocean for food passing by. It lives at depths between 600-1,200 meters (2,000-3,900 feet) off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania, but due to the deep-sea fishing and bottom trawling, it is currently facing extinction.
2. Red-lipped Batfish
These odd fish are generally found around the Galapagos Islands and near Peru. Divers may meet this fish at depths greater than 100 feet, but they are rare. Scientists judge that the reason they have the bright red pucker of the species is to attract the opposite gender. The maximum length of the red-lipped batfish is about 40 cm long.
3. Naked Mole Rat
The naked Mole Rat is native to some parts of East Africa. They spend most of their lives underground and are well adapted to this underground environment. With most of their skin exposed, they lack sweat glands and subcutaneous fat. These ugly guys use their giant, protruding teeth and jaws to dig extensive holes in the ground. The underground parts of plants serve as their food. They live in colonies like bees and have one queen who is responsible for all reproduction.
Monkfish has profoundly ugly looks. For many years, people did not like to eat it because of its weird facial features, but chefs realized that its appearance doesn’t matter if it good taste. Monkfish have giant heads, and their heads are filled with plenty of razor-like teeth. It’s found in the coastal Atlantic area and the size ranges up to about three feet.
5. Alligator Snapping Turtle
This is definitely a creature that you do not want to insult. The Alligator Snapping Turtle is the oldest still-existing reptile around and one of the largest freshwater turtles in the world. It is found primarily in the waters of the southeastern United States. This big guy is quiet most of the time, but bites when threatened. The great strength of its bite can easily break a human finger. Equipped not only with a ferocious mouth, the turtle also has three rows of spikes on its back.
6. Star Nosed Mole
This animal is weird because of its ugly star-shaped nose. It have the most unique noses in the animal world. It spends most of its time in water however it also ventures above ground consistently to feed and often takes departure to a network of infinite tunnels. Star Nosed Moles are found in low wet areas of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.
7. Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese Crested Dog is one of a few types of hairless dogs in the world. It looks like a toy dog and normally measures less than 33cm in height. Miss Ellie, a small bug-eyed Chinese Crested Dog, won the 2009 "World's Ugliest Dog Contest" at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. She also won Animal Planet's the "World's Ugliest Dog" contest that same year.
8. Turkey Vulture
The worst thing about Turkey Vultures is their facial features, which only a mother could adore. Its among the ugliest animals on our planet. When you look at those knife-like eyes, their bald head and wrinkled neck is enough to make you flinch. These birds travel thermals in the sky and use their sharp sense of smell to find fresh corpses. It flies low to the ground to pick up the smell of dead creatures.
9. Philippine Tarsier
Living in the Philippines, the Philippine Tarsier can fit in the palm of your hand. It measures up to a mere 15 cm (6 inches), making it one of the smallest primates in the world. Its big eyes and friendly face make it sweet, albeit an oddly kind of cute. Its bulging eyes are even bigger than its brain. The hands and legs of this little beggar resemble human limbs and they can leap as high as 3.3 meters (10 feet). Coming into the world some 45 million years ago, the tarsier has now become an endangered species.
10. Proboscis Monkey
This long-nosed monkey is found in the South East Asian island of Borneo. Its obtrude nose makes this rare living thing easily identifiable. These monkeys are born with a blue face and a small nose. The face color changes and the nose become bigger and bigger making them look uglier. These Proboscis Monkeys survive mainly on leaves, seeds, and raw fruits, but they sometimes eat insects too. For more than 40 years, Proboscis Monkeys populations have dropped. They are presently protected and listed among endangered species.