Pufferfish Of Koh Tao
Koh Tao pufferfish, and elsewhere, have a unique and distinctive natural defense that has developed because of their slow swimming ability. It moves by combining pectoral, dorsal, anal, and caudal fin motions which makes it very maneuverable, but vulnerable.
They have excellent eyesight and combined with a sudden burst of speed from their tail are the first defense against predators. The pufferfish’s secondary defense is to fill its extremely elastic stomach with water until it is much larger and almost round in shape.
Hence the name. They are typically small to medium in size but some species can grow to lengths greater than 50 cm.
Description of Koh Tao Pufferfish
The majority of the pufferfish species are poisonous and some of the internal organs, such as the liver, and sometimes the skin contains tetrodotoxin. Very poisonous to most animals when eaten; nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in Japan but has to be prepared by certified chefs.
Likely, you are not going to find it on any of the menus of local restaurants. Some locally caught fish is available but it is remarkably expensive.
They are very similar to porcupinefish, which have large external spines whereas pufferfish have thin ones only visible when they puff up.
Their diet consists mostly of algae and small invertebrates and they can survive on a vegetarian diet if their environment is lacking in other types of food, but prefer an omnivorous food selection. The Keto diet doesn’t work for Koh Tao pufferfish.
Where Can You Find Koh Tao Pufferfish?
You can find them around many of the dive sites of Koh Tao while completing your scuba certification or just fun diving. Moving slowly through the water watching the divers intently. Sometimes they can be found hiding under rocks during the daytime.
But due to their nocturnal habits, you will likely see more active pufferfish on a night dive. We do night dives as part of the Advanced course, making it a better opportunity to see them.
Want To Learn More About Marine Life On Koh Tao?
So if you are interested in learning about Koh Tao marine life you can study the Fish Identification or Marine Ecology courses online. You do not need to be a certified diver either.
Anyone with an interest in marine ecology can sign up for an online course. More courses are being added so if you do not see one then please send an email and we can check if one is available.
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