Porcupine Pufferfish are medium to large sized fish, and are found in shallow temperate and tropical seas worldwide.
They can be found among coral reefs, rocky shorelines and sandy flats, feeding mainly on molluscs and crustaceans. Pufferfish have the ability to inflate their body by swallowing water or air, therefore becoming more round in order to scare off potential predators. They also use their sharp spines to ward off these unwelcome visitors.
This species is poisonous to eat, with their poison causing paralysis and even death.
Things to Do
- Watch out for their deceptively innocent face!
- Watch them for long enough and you might even see them "blow up"
- Can you count how many spikes they have on their back?!