look at this thing again i hate the ocean so much it tastes weird and half the animals that come out of it look like jokes
Puffer fish are the cutest, happiest fish ever.
…except that fish isn’t happy. :\
It’s incredibly stressed (not to mention unable to breathe).
Puffers only puff up like that when they’re essentially convinced that they’re going to die if they don’t; it’s an effort to scare off predators or to make it so they’re too large to be easily eaten.
See those little spines? Those are there to also poke the mouth and face of the thing trying to kill it, in the hopes that the biting thing will let go when it gets stabbed.
A puffer that puffs up is an unhappy, frightened puffer.
Basically, this is not a cute picture.
This is a puffer fish being purposely stressed out by some asshole so they could take a ‘cute picture’.
Reblogging for the comment.
puffer fish are still cute deflated though. They have cute •3• faces and eat shrimp cutely. And if you eat them wrong you’re screwed.