According to the 17th March 2015 Business Insider publication, there are 228,450 known species in the ocean and as many as 2 million more that remain a total mystery. Among this there is small number of a small looking scaleless fish which grows up to 3ft is commonly known as “Puffer Fish” (Tetrodontidae). Puffer’s are widely known for their excellent eyesight with highly defensive mechanism against predators and they are also nature’s greatest romantic artist. Puffer fish has also given a significant identity to Japanese Culture and Cuisine.
Biologists think Puffer fish, also known as blowfish, developed their famous “inflate-ability” because their slow, somewhat clumsy swimming style makes them vulnerable to predators. Puffer fish use their highly elastic stomachs and the ability to quickly take in huge amounts of water (and even air when necessary) to turn themselves into a virtually inedible ball several times their normal size. Some species also have spikes on their skin to make them even less palatable. There are more than 120 species of Puffer fish worldwide. Most are found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters, but some species live in brackish and even fresh water. They have long, tapered bodies with bulbous heads. Some wear wild markings and colors to advertise their toxicity, while others have more muted or cryptic coloring to blend in with their environment. Almost all Puffer fish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them foul tasting and often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough toxin in one Puffer fish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.
(Watch how Puffer fish puffs up)
Amazingly, the meat of some Puffer fish is considered as Japanese delicacy called as Fugu in Japan. “Sashimi” and “Chirinabe” are the dishes in which Fugu is served. It is extremely expensive and is prepared by well-trained, licensed chef who knows that one bad bite can cost their customer’s life.
Another interesting fact about Puffers is, they are the nature’s greatest romantic artist and skillful in parenting. To grab a female’s attention a male Puffer does something which almost unbelievable. With his two fins and perfectly tuned mathematical brain, he ploughs the sand breaking its particles and designs an extremely beautiful and finest art deep down on the ocean bed. The biggest challenges for him are to design this finest art, attract the female partner, guarding the eggs until they hatch as soon as she releases them by fertilization, carefully blowing water over them regularly to keep the eggs healthy and his time limit to do all these things and produce the next batch of generation within 7 days.
Isn’t it so amazing and intrinsic to us?
“Every great design has an intelligent mind behind it…”
The Bible says,
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
(Source of Information: Wikipedia, National Geography & YouTube)