- ""I caught a blowfish! I'm blown away!"" —New Horizon
Donation to the museum
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.
"Blowfish are considered a delicacy, famous for their tempting taste despite being highly poisonous. Blowfish are not poisonous at birth, though, which makes young ones relatively safe for consumption. It's only once they have ingested enough microbes from seawater and food that they become poisonous. When they feel threatened, they suck in air and water to blow themselves up like balloons. This makes them too big to eat without predators being horsed to chomp down on their poison quills."
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, Blathers will tell you the following about the blowfish upon donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me about this!":
"As you may know, blowfish carry a deadly poison and are among the most toxic creatures on earth. What you may not have known is that poison and spines are not the limit of this animal's defenses! A predator that tried to swallow a blowfish before it inflates can find itself quickly choking. To be honest, if said predator can get past poison, spines, AND choking hazards, I feel they've earned a meal."
Animal Crossing's blowfish represents the species Takifugu rubripes in real life, where it is often called the tiger puffer or Japanese puffer (torafugu 虎河豚). The name blowfish (and the Japanese in-game name fugu (フグ) is a generic name for any species of puffer fish. It is notable as the second vertebrate to have its genome sequenced. The scientific name refers to the four large teeth, fused into an upper and lower plate, which are used for crushing the shells of crustaceans and mollusks, their natural prey. (further information)
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