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Fishy Fridays – Box and cowfish

By: Judy Mann

The box and cow fish are some of the strangest marine fish.  Their bodies are enclosed in bony plates which are joined together to create a form of protective armour.  

Because of their armour they cannot swim very fast but can out manoeuvre many fish as they spin their fins in different directions.  

Some box fish give off a poisonous substance, which can kill other fish in the immediate vicinity.