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πŸ“Έ by @kirbymorejohn

Giant moray eel literally bit off more than it could chew when it attacked this porcupine pufferfish.

These tiny fish are famous for their ability to “blow” themselves up when attacked, by injesting large amounts of water (or air) they can expand their hyper elastic stomach, transforming into a virtually inedible ball several times their normal non-inflated proportions.

The porcupine pufferfish takes this a step further with the addition of spines on its skin, effectively making it even less appetizing.

Moray eels rely on their mouths for breathing, opening and closing them to pass water over their gills in order to extract oxygen from the sea, so this eel almost certainly suffocated before it had the opportunity to starve to death, as it was unable to open and close its mouth.

The eels second jaw (yes, they have 2. Known as the pharyngeal jaw) is lined with backward pointing teeth, making escape impossible for the puffer once those teeth were locked.

All in all, a fascinating natural case of mutually assured destruction.



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