Blowfish Fish Photo.

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These blowfish photos shown below are pictures of what a blowfish, also called a puffer fish, looks like. Blowfish are caught in salt water or brine water, and in general are known as a poisonous fish to eat (not all blowfish are poisonous). There are many types of blowfish (this one is a northern blowfish) and some restaurants are licensed to serve certain types of them, but they are specially trained to clean them and remove the poison sections. Japan is a very popular place to find them served on the menu. These blowfish fish "puff up" with air as a defense mechanism to make them look too big for predators, and the photos below show both the puffed up blowfish and the regular photo before it fills up with air. Blowfish have very strong mouths and teeth, do not get your fingers anywhere near their mouth.

How to identify a northern blowfish? Some characteristics of northern blowfish (in this case this photo is a northern blowfish) include puffing up full of air when when caught, black and yellow vertical stripes, rough skin, and small beak like mouth with square cutting teeth at the front. (Always remember when releasing fish to get them back into the water as soon as possible and not over/rough handling, so the fish do not die after being released. Just because the fish swims away does not mean it actually survived).