Puffer fish all puffed out

Puffer fish can puff up to two or three times their normal size when they are scared | Photo: Ciamabue

Booderee staff had a number of enquiries from curious visitors about the many dead puffer fish on Green Patch and Lluka beaches in the summer holidays.

Well, who’d have guessed? Puffer fish are lousy swimmers, so January’s strong north-east winds probably washed the fish up on the beach and left them stranded.

Puffer fish can puff up to two or three times their normal size when they are scared, and they contain a poison known as tetrodotoxin which, in large amounts, can cause paralysis or even death.

Some people actually keep puffer fish as pets, saying they are very intelligent and have interesting personalities! What do you think of the puffer fish?
Sonya | Booderee National Park

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