Sep 29, 2008

Blowfish

This is a puffer/blow fish that I believe belongs to the family of Tetraodontidae. And, unless I am wrong (and I am never wrong), they are headed for the Fire Swamp this fish belongs to a family of fish that are the second-most poisonous vertebrate in the world. Don't eat the skin or internal organs of one if you don't know what you're doing. Aren't these creatures used in the creation of zombies in the Caribbean?

This reminds me of a story I heard from my dive master down in Mexico. We had just come up from a dive in which I got to handle a fully-inflated porcupine fish. He told me how the previous summer he had a student who had swum up to him, clutching a finger that was oozing a cloud of blood into the water around his hand. The dive master took the student to the surface and asked what happened as he examined a finger that was missing its last half inch. The student, amid shocked sobs, explained that he was playing with a porcupine fish, and the thing looked so cute that he stuck his finger into the fish's beak. Bye-bye fingertip.

Seems like some people need a thick layer of civilization to protect them from their own stupidity.

Thanks for the photo, Marie.

12 comments:

Danielle said...

Maybe I'm weird, but I think it's kind of cute!

Paul said...

That's just begging to be photoshopped onto a body...

niner said...

How adorable and plump and round! Still, under no circumstance am I compelled to stick my finger in ANY mouth of an animal, cute or not.

*boggle*

T and S said...

WOW...that's one huge puffer fish

carrie said...

OH! Princess Bride reference FTW!

I don't even think this is particularly ugly even... just poofy and prickly

Hyony said...

This isn't cute at all..

linty said...

I love when mother nature goes overkill...Not only is this thing spiny and too big for most predators to get their mouth around, but if you do manage to eat one you'll die of it's poison. Brilliant!

go natural said...

It is amazing how intelligence and ignorance go hand and hand!

Kit said...

I really love pufferfish... porcupinefish -a bit less so. However they are VERY destructive fish. Even in a hobby tank, they use that beak of theirs to break decorations apart or other fish! Put a fish like this on my wish list of 'some day'.

pottergirl11 said...

awesome princess bride reference.

Raging Wombat said...

I'm glad you liked the Princess Bride reference. One of my favorites.

LisaL said...

Oh I think puffer fish are adorable!
I really want some Dwarf Puffers one day. They're tiny little freshwater puffers and just freakin adorable!