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Toadfish

This is the most often seen fish in the intertidal zone. Toadfish don’t need to hide as other animals don’t want to eat them. They have deadly poisons in some of their skin and some of their internal organs. The poison will kill any other creature that eats them as well as any person that eats the poisons. In Asia these fish are prepared carefully by expert chefs to avoid the poisonous parts.

They are also called puffer fish. They can draw in water or air and make themselves look much larger. Toadfish have large eyes and a soft skin without scales. Their bodies are short, thick and plump compared with most other fish. Their jaws are powerful and they can bite when handled.

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