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The Ugliest Animals

The blobfish, a denizen of the Pacific has been voted as the unofficial world’s ugliest animal.

The winner was announced at the British Science Festival in Newcastle.

The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote which was organised by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

As the winner, the blobfish is now the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society.

Biologist and TV presenter Simon Watt, president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, said he hoped the campaign would draw attention to the threats facing these weird and wonderful creatures.

It is part of the campaign to raise awareness of unsightly species that play an important role in the ecological web.

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21 Killed By Tropical Storm Manuel And Hurricane Ingrid

At least 21 people were killed in Mexico after a hurricane and a tropical storm strikes the opposite sides of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific. 

Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico’s southwestern Pacific shoulder Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid closed in on the country’s Gulf coast, causing heavy rains and landslides.

Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said 14 people died in Guerrero, three in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca due to the disaster.

Tropical Storm Manuel, with a maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph (55 kph) was moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) late Sunday, 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Manzanillo.

Manuel was expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan state, with maximums of 25 inches in some isolated areas.

Meanwhile Hurricane Ingrid had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) late Sunday and was centered about 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 6 mph (9 kph). 

It is expected to make a landfall by Monday morning, most likely along Tamaulipas state’s lightly populated coast north of Tampico.

Anyway, the storm system from the outer bands of Ingrid was already dumping heavy rains in parts of Mexico.

A hurricane warning was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.

The hurricane can bring dangerous storm surge, destructive waves and heavy rains that can cause flash floods and landslides.

Yahoo! News said that more than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged by the disaster.

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