Interesting Puffer fish facts
A Puffer fish is widely known for its ability to turn itself into a ball. It can ingest huge amount of water to blow up its body. It is also known as "Blowfish" or "baloonfish". In this Hub I will share some interesting facts about Puffer fish.
Puffer fish are not good at swimming but they can use their natural defense skill to protect themselves from predators. Puffer fish are mainly found in the tropical and subtropical waters. But some of the species are found in the fresh water too. There are more than 150 species of puffer fish are found in all over the world.
Interesting Facts about Puffer fish
1) Puffer fish can inflate into a ball shape by ingesting huge amount of water.
2) Puffer fish are the most poisonous fish in the World. A puffer fish has enough toxins to kill several human.
2) A Puffer fish can inflate its body several times larger than its original size.
3) There are more than 150 species are found in the world. Among them 29 species of puffer fish are found in the fresh water.
Puffer fish Info
- Length : 2.5 - 60 cm
- Weight: Adult puffer fish can weight from 10 to 30 pounds
- Puffer fish Life span : 5 years on average
- Family: Tetraodontidae
4) Puffer fish are very bad swimmer. But they can protect themselves from predators by blowing up their body. Moreover they have a poisonous gallbladder which makes them potentially dangerous to other predators. Check out the interesting video to see how a puffer fish protecting itself from a predator.
5) Puffer fish has good eyes and they can see very nicely.
6) The poison of Puffer fish can be deadlier than Cyanide. But this poison is useless against Sharks. As a result a shark can eat them without any trouble.
7) In Japan puffer fish are known as "Fugu”. Japanese people love eating dishes prepared from it. The dishes are prepared carefully by removing the toxic organs. Any mistake in preparing the dishes can be fatal. This is why special license is required to become a "Fugu chef".
8) Some species of Puffer fish has spine on their skin. Puffer fish with spine is less vulnerable to predators.
A Puffer fish protecting itself from an otter by blowing up
9) Puffer fish have very thick and rough skin. This rough skin protects them from the attack of the predators. You can see it in the above YouTube Video.
10) The stomach of the puffer fish is very elastic. They can ingest lots of water to turn into a huge ball.The stomach of the puffer fish can expand several times larger than the body of a puffer fish.
11) The gallbladder of the Puffer fish are very poisonous and there is no known antidote available for it.
12) Puffer fish have 4 teeth. All together those 4 teeth forms a beak-like shape. They can crack clams and mussels with their strong teeth.
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