Pufferfish Sunlight Zone
Pop, goes the puffer fish! Puffer fish are very unique fish that have over 120 different
species. They are vertebrates; this means they have a back bone. Also, all
puffer fish are meat eaters, so that makes them a carnivore.
Puffer fish, also known as the blow fish, the swell fish, and the globe fish are an under water creature that has its own way to protect itself. When they are threated they first swallow a mouth full of water or air to start this process. After this has happened, puffer fish become several times their regular size! Even though they are protected by blowing up, they can only swim half their real speed. Puffer fish are predators to the ocean, but they can still be alarmed by something.
Like all fish, puffer fish have gills, fins, and have babies. Puffer fish can grow up to three feet at the most. With an adult puffer, they can weigh up to 20-30 lbs. Baby puffs may only way up to 4-9 lbs. Also, not all of them have spikes on their backs like we think. Some are smooth and round or pointy and large! They have long tapered bodies, four teeth, and wild markings to show how toxic they can be.
With these wild markings puffer fish are deadly. The reason why that they have these patterns is because they contain toxic in their bodies. This can kill about 30 adult humans! Even though puffer fish look cute and
edible, be careful before you chew!
The land of puffer fish starts in the same place. One home can be in the coral reefs. Many of them like this spot
because they feel safe you inside. Another place would be sub- tropical waters. This means cold places in
the ocean as their homes. Where they live they have to give birth. Puffer fish only have up to 3-4 babies. Most fish have up to 1,000 eggs instead!
Puffer fish are unique in their own way. They blow up a couple times their actual size. Next, one puffer fish can kill about 30 adults humans from toxic that is held inside them. Last, they only give birth to 3-4 babies instead of 1,000. Puffer fish are really amazing animals to be living in the waters of our earth’s oceans!