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What is a puffer fish?

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2014-07-30 16:53:46

Puffers are in the family tetraodontidae and are called

such for their ability to draw in sea water into their stomachs

when frightened and can triple in size. These fish's internal

organs contain a tetrodotoxin, which is powerful enough to kill a

human, depending on the specie of puffer. Not all puffers have

spines. The porcupine puffer is the one with spines, which make the

fish look like a big spikey ball when inflated. The porcupine

puffer is not a true puffer, but is a diodon. This specie

also has tetrodotoxin in the organs. In Japan this fish is called

fugu and is eaten, thought to be a delicacy and very expensive.

Only licensed highly trained sushi chefs are allowed to serve this

fish. The puffer fish cannot excrete toxins, but their cousin, the

toby, can.

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