Diving Fun Fact

White-Spotted Pufferfish, Red Sea, Egypt

The white-spotted pufferfish (Arothron hispidus) is commonly spotted in the Indo-Pacific and Red Sea. These fish have four teeth that grow continuously, and fuse into a beak shape. They use this "beak" to eat crustaceans, corals, and other invertebrates. Like other pufferfish, they have a symbiotic relationship with certain types of bacteria which produce powerful neurotoxins that are stored by the fish in its skin and organs. They are generally shy and non-aggressive, but are capable of inflicting a powerful bite if threatened. We photographed this puffer on a night dive in the red sea with Blue Force Fleet. Read more in our post, Scuba Diving the Red Sea in Egypt by Liveaboard.

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