All rights reserved. In lieu of escape, pufferfish use their highly elastic stomachs and the ability to quickly ingest 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 spines on their skin to make them even less palatable. Almost all pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them foul tasting and often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, up to 1, times more poisonous than cyanide.
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Figure 8 Puffer Fish: Fish Breed Profile
They were taken ill early the next day, experiencing breathing difficulties and vomiting, the official said. The restaurant served the banned, poisonous parts after requests from the diners, the official said. Aficionados say the tingle that the organs leave on your lips — caused by the potent neurotoxin they contain — is part of the appeal. In order to get a licence for serving the fish, restaurant chefs must train for years to pass a stringent exam, which includes paper and practical tests on how to distinguish poisonous parts from others. You can obtain a copy of the Code, or contact the Council, at www.
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Free Admission for Kids until Oct. Open Daily: 9am to 6pm. Biologists think puffer fish developed their ability to inflate themselves due to their slow swimming style, which makes them vulnerable to predators.