Friday, January 05, 2007

That Fish

My friend Snail, who is the expert around my way on all things in the animal and insect world, may be able to tell me what this is.

I said puffer or toad fish. But I was guessing.

And the bit at the front (mouth end) is bait and hook. Said fish was safely released into the briny when hook had been removed.


Snail said...

It's definitely a porcupine fish (cousin of the toadies and pufferfish). It looks very much like the globefish (Diodon nicthemerus) but I'm not sure if that has a trans-Tasman distribution. (I would imagine it does.)

Darwin observed the behaviour of porcupine fish while he was on HMS Beagle.

Anonymous said...

That's an ugly fishy. No offence Mr Fish.