Ever since I first started diving, I've always had a fascination with pufferfish. I enjoy watching them clumsily swim about and explore. People that don't regularly dive with me don't realize this and sometimes end up coming over to investigate what I'm admiring. Many are often disappointed to see it's just a pufferfish and not something super unique.
This particular pufferfish is a very large Map pufferfish that we saw in Palau, measuring about 2 feet (60 cm). Given my love of black and white clothing and design, I've always loved their delicate patterns.
Interestingly, most pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a lethal substance - 1200x more poisonous than cyanide. Each pufferfish contains enough of this toxin to kill 30 adults! Sadly, pufferfish is considered a delicacy in Japan known as Fugu. I could never imagine eating one of these cuties. Given pufferfish toxicity, only specially trained chefs are qualified to prepare and serve fugu.