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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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Q: What is a puffer fish?
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