Human and Animal Interaction
Fish

Can you describe the puffer fish?

Answer

Wiki User
08/11/2008

Although it is popularly perceived that puffer fish are round, they are actually of a more rectangular shape, which helps give them stability as they swim. They are not a fast-swimming fish, so instead for defense they have small spikes covering their body which often inflict painful wounds if attacked. Their mouth is extremley small, and they usually only 'puff up' when threatened - by inflating they make themselves seem bigger and more intimidating to any potential attacker.