Today was an hot sunny beach day here in Middle-Earth and we have a question for you ‘What is this?’

UPDATE! Thanks to Dad (who blogs as Phi here) we have an update on what we have now can confirm IS a puffer fish – thank you to everyone who confirmed our suspicions.

It was with unease we read  that our corpse contains the killer toxin tetrodotoxin, and beaches further north (Auckland and Rodney areas) have been closed due to the deaths of penguins and dolphins.  Authorities say that children and animals should be kept away from the dead fish. Needless to say, we are grateful we didn’t go too near.

We found it on the beach, sadly long deceased – with nasty spikes and about 30cms (12 ins) in length.


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  1. da tabbies o trout towne

    January 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

    guys…puffer he wuz N ya canna even snax on him bee coz on thoze spikes….eeeee ow…we tried once..
    N lurned R lesson fora life time !! XxX


  2. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    January 21, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Oh, yes, don’t mess around with puffer fish, either on the beach or on the reef. A diver in Florida lost a finger to one a few years ago when nudging it to get it to puff up.
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  3. Cathy Keisha

    January 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Ewww! It looks ossified.
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  4. jansfunnyfarm

    January 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    We’ll take the word of the ones who said puffer fish. Never saw anything like that and hope to never see one again – especially a live one. Scary looking even in death.
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  5. The Island Cats

    January 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    That is one ugly fish. Thank cod it’s dead now.
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  6. Annie

    January 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Oh my! Interesting! We’ll go with the consensus of puffer fish.
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  7. The Swiss Cats

    January 20, 2015 at 10:04 am

    We don’t know the English name, in French we would say it’s a “diodon” ! Purrs
    Pee-Esse : on Wikipedia we found those names : porcupinefishes or balloonfishes
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  8. Brian Frum

    January 20, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Yep, tis a puffer!


  9. meowmeowmans

    January 20, 2015 at 8:26 am

    We’re voting for “puffer fish,” too. Hope you’re all doing well, dear friends!
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  10. Willy

    January 20, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Yes I agree with Thomas looks like a puffer fish.


  11. Thomas Archer

    January 20, 2015 at 1:26 am

    It looks like a puffer fish to me, Aunty … have a look at this picture:


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