7 Fun Facts About Puffer Fish

Puffer fish can inflate their bodies with water or air when threatened, becoming much larger and rounder.

Inflatable Bodies

Many puffer fish carry tetrodotoxin, a potent toxin found in their organs, skin, and sometimes flesh.

Poisonous Defense

There are over 120 species of puffer fish, inhabiting tropical and subtropical waters globally.

Variety of Species

Puffer fish have continuously growing teeth that form a beak-like structure, used to crush the shells of their prey.

Unique Teeth

Male puffer fish create intricate sand or seafloor patterns to attract females during mating season.

Courtship Rituals

Some puffer fish species can live over 10 years in the wild and even longer in captivity.

Long Lifespan

Certain puffer fish, such as the Japanese fugu, are considered delicacies despite their poisonous nature.

Culinary Delicacy