See That Puffer Fish Puff!

Shark Reef is home to two porcupine puffer fish: Lindsey and Beth. These creatures are generally quite shy and typically retreat if faced with something they deem dangerous. They are fairly clumsy swimmers, however, and can’t always get away in time. Luckily, puffer fish also have a rather unique “fight” at the ready when they can’t take “flight” from potential predators fast enough.

By ingesting huge amounts of water, a porcupine puffer fish can quickly turn itself into a giant, spiky ball virtually impossible to swallow. If that’s not enough of a deterrent for a particularly persistent predator, these fish also secrete a toxic skin substance that tastes terrible and is potentially lethal to other fish.

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