Another Face in the Crowd
Pufferfish - Bimini. I always delight when I see one of these guys. They have big round eyes and always seem to be smiling. Given that Pufferfish aren't extremely quick swimmers, they defend themselves by ingesting large amounts of water and even air to inflate their bodies 2x or more of their normal size. They don't have scales like other fish, but rather spines that stick up from their bodies, especially once they are inflated. This discourages most other fish from trying to make them their prey.
Pufferfish are shy and it takes some careful and slow advances to be able to get close to them. You have to slowly move in and allow the Puffer to get comfortable with your presence in order to get a close shot of them. That makes getting a good shot of them a little bit of a challenge, but in they process, they never disappoint and always put a smile on your face. In this image, the Puffer is comfortable in it's space under a coral formation and is joined by a whole crowd of Blue Striped Grunts.
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