posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 06:28 PM
Yes, it only took me about Two Seconds to determine that the "Creature" in question is in fact a Puffer Fish. I have encountered many of these fish
while both Snorkeling and SCUBA Diving in the Pacific Ocean before (Most notably around Hawaii, with the "Porcupine Pufferfish", and "White Spotted
Pufferfish"). Lol, as a matter of fact, my Diving instructor had a pet Puffer Fish that would find her EVERY time she was in the water, and it swam
with us for about 30 Minutes while she turned over rocks looking to hand it a snack. It even made little squeaking noises while looking me in the face
lol, it was the most amazing thing that I had ever witnessed.
The species in this particular video appears to be the "Starry Pufferfish", which does in fact inhabit the Red Sea (Bordering Saudi Arabia to the
West). The Red Sea is in fact an extremely sought after Diving Locale, due to the abundance of Reef activity there.
Here is some information on this particular species:
Common Name: Starry Pufferfish
The Starry Pufferfish is a very large box-shaped pufferfish. Adult Starry Pufferfish are white and covered with small black spots that become more
numerous as the fish grows. Juveniles are orange with small black spots and diagonal black stripes across the belly that become spots as the fish
Giant Pufferfish, Starry Puffer
length to 120cm
Adults are found on seaward reefs, coral slopes and lagoons. Juveniles are found in sandy and weedy inner reefs, sometimes over muddy sea floor and in
estuaries. They swim from just below the surface to 58m deep.
sea urchins, crustaceans, sponges, coral, algae.
The Starry Pufferfish is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is found from the central coast of Western Australia,
around Northern Territory, Queensland and south to the New South Wales central coast.
Puffer Fish inhale Sea Water when threatened, in order to increase their size exponentially. This is done in the hopes that such an action will either
scare away a potential predator, or at the very least make the predator think twice about attacking a larger fish.