Aptly named for its random attacks on humans, this giant Ferocious Puffer fish didn’t seem so fierce at the time. It was not camera-shy and seemed to enjoy our pats and attention.

The spines of the Ferocious Puffer fish can be poisonous and it can bite off fingers and toes.

At 90 centimetres, this specimen was about the maximum size for the species. A puffer fish of this size is quite rare, and it was also rare for the water at Pelican Island to be this clear. 

Spear fishermen said they had seen a big population of puffer fish at Man and Wife Rocks, though this was not where we found this fish.