Pufferfish

I’m sure you’ve heard of a pufferfish. They are one of the most mind-boggling creatures in the sea! But many people don’t know how the puffer fish blows up. Well, most people don’t even know that much about pufferfish. Here you can learn more about them.

Puffing up and Other Defensive Strategies:

Pufferfish have many different defense mechanisms. The most commonly known defense strategy that they use is when a puffer fish puffs up. Because pufferfish are slow swimmers, this is their main option of defense. How does this happen? Well, when a pufferfish feels they are in danger, they will suck water into their mouths and transfer it to their stumouck, making them increase in size by three times. Another one is their spines, which are also used when a pufferfish is puffed up. Instead of scales, pufferfish have spines, so when the puffer fish puffs out, the spines spring out. The third and final one I will explain is poison. It’s a common mistake that puffer fish have poison in their spines or are poisonous to touch. Actually, they are only poisonous if you ingest, or eat, them. So, the few animals that get past the pufferfish’s spines and inflation eventually die due to the poison. This only happens when they are dead and being digested by another animal.

Fun Facts:

There are more than 100 different species of pufferfish. Most are found in tropical waters around the globe. There are many different shapes, colors, and sizes of pufferfish around the world. The color of the pufferfish are often associated with the amount of poison in the pufferfish. Speaking of poison, sharks are the only sea creature that can eat a pufferfish without suffering from any side effects. Also, unlike sharks, pufferfish only have four teeth, but they keep growing infinitely, so they often have too bite on hard things like clams to grind them down. 

Now you know how pufferfish puff up! Were you surprised how they did it? Let me know down in the comments, and if there is any other creature you want me to research, put it in the comments too! 

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