National Geographic’s featured post about pufferfish — also known as blowfish — means you can add a new terrifying animal to your list of terrifying animals (which should include spiders, snakes, and zombies):
“Almost all pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them foul tasting and often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.”
On a related note, don’t try to show off to your friends by eating pufferfish, or fugu, in Japan. Dozens of people die each year from eating the delicacy.
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