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Nature's Greatest Tricksters

The Blowfish

The strategy is simple: HULK OUT. When predators give chase to the mild-mannered blowfish, it opens its elastic jaws, gorges itself with water, and rapidly expands in size like a balloon. The predator either flips out and retreats, gets poked in the face by the animal's spines, or makes the mistake of eating the blowfish, and dies from its very poisonous flesh. The blowfish is living proof that you should never underestimate the little guy.

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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