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Fishy Fridays – Puffer fish or Blaasops

By: Judy Mann

The blaasops or puffer fish can blow up their bodies by swallowing water or air.  This increases their size and makes them look bigger and more dangerous to potential predators.  Although the flesh of these fish is very toxic, they are a delicacy in the Far East, where chefs study for years to learn how to prepare the flesh to make it edible.  In spite of this, a few people die each year after eating puffer fish!!

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