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The blobfish was an easy winner in a vote to determine the world's ugliest animal. It is hard to disagree.
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The world's ugliest animal is....
"The panda gets too much attention "
That is the view of a group of comedians who have joined together to promote the ugliest animals in our world.
Their Ugly Animal Preservation Society (http://uglyanimalsoc.com) has just held an online vote to find a mascot which must, of course, be the ugliest animal in the world.
More than 3,000 people voted and the easy winner with 795 votes was the blobfish, a fish the AFP news agency describes as "miserable-looking fish" resembling "a bald grumpy old man".
It is not a fish you will likely find in your local aquarium It is found in the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania. Blobfish live at depths between 600–1,200 metres where the pressure is several dozen times higher than at sea level
The only way they can survive is to be ugly – with a jelly-like mass of a body capable of withstanding the enormous pressures of the deep.
The kakapo (AFP) and the axolotl (National Geographic)
Runner-up in the contest was the kakapo, a rare flightless owl-like parrot that lives in New Zealand, and third was the axolotl, a Mexican amphibian also called the "walking fish" which had one major disadvantage Some people think its cute
Each animal entered in the contest had a comedian promoting it. Paul Foot led the campaign for the blobfish and you can see him accepting its award in this hilarious video (Some words you will hear: verify disconcerting stranger hang around):
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amphibian: any animal that can live both on land and in water. Amphibians have cold blood and skin without scales. Frogs, toads and newts are all amphibians. - สัตว์ครึ่งบกครึ่งน้ำ
aquarium: a building with where people can go to look at fish and other water animals which are kept in large glass containers also known as aquariums - พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำ, สถานที่เลี้ยงสัตว์น้ำ,บ่อเลี้ยงปลา
attention: interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc - ความสนใจ
award: a prize or a sum of money that is given to someone following an official decision - รางวัล
bald: not having any hair - ล้าน
campaign: a series of actions intended to produce political or social change - การรณรงค์
capable: able to do something; very good at a job - มีความสามารถ
coast: an area of land beside the sea - ชายฝั่ง
comedian: a person whose job is to make people laugh by telling jokes and funny stories or by copying the behaviour or speech of famous people - นักแสดงตลก
cute: pretty and attractive - น่ารัก
depth: the distance down either from the top of something to the bottom, or to a distance below the top surface of something - ความลึก
disadvantage: something that makes someone or something less effective, successful or attractive - ข้อเสียเปรียบ ข้อด้อย
disconcerting: making somebody feel anxious, confused or embarrassed - ประดักประเดิด, รีๆ รอๆ, ยุ่งยากใจ, สับสน,
dozen: a group of twelve of the same thing - หนึ่งโหล
enormous: extremely large - มหาศาล
grumpy: unhappy and dissatisfied, often for no obvious reason - อารมณ์เสีย, อารมณ์ไม่ดี
hang around: to wait or stay near a place, not doing very much - คอยวนเวียนอยู่ใกล้ๆ
hilarious: very funny - ตลกขบขัน
local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
mainland: a large mass of land that forms the main part of a country but does not include any islands belonging to the country - แผ่นดินใหญ่
mascot: an animal, a toy, etc. that that represents an organisation, event etc, or that people believe will bring them good luck - สัญลักษณ์, ตัวนำโชค
mass: a large amount of a substance that does not have a definite shape or form - กอง, กลุ่ม, ก้อน
miserable: very unhappy, unpleasant and causing unhappiness - เดือดร้อน, เป็นทุกข์
owl: a bird with large round eyes, that hunts at night - นกฮูก, นกเค้าแมว
parrot: a tropical bird with a curved beak - นกแก้ว
preservation: keeping something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed - การสงวน
pressure: a force pressing against something - ความกดดัน
rare: uncommon, unusual - ซึ่งหายาก
resemble: to be like or look like someone or something else - มีลักษณะคล้ายกับ
runner-up: winning second place in a competition - รองอันดับหนึ่ง
sea level: the height of the land at the edge of the sea the average height of the sea/ocean, used as the basis for measuring the height of all places on land - ระดับน้ำทะเล
society: a group of people who join together for a particular purpose - สมาคม
stranger: a person that you do not know - คนแปลกหน้า
survive: to continue to live - มีชีวิตรอด
ugly: unpleasant to look at - น่าเกลียด, ขี้เหร่, ไม่สวย
verify: to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct - พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
view: a personal opinion, belief, or attitude about a particular situation or subject - ความคิดเห็น
withstand: to be strong enough not to be hurt or damaged by extreme conditions, the use of force, etc. - ทนต่อ, ต้านทานต่อ