Friday, February 24, 2012

Puffed up

Washed up on Fish Hoek Beach this morning: a small, round, puffed up little fish called a 'blaasop', which is Afrikaans for "puffed up". It is a Birdbeak Burrfish (Cyclichthys orbiculatis) that normally lives in the open ocean (Indian and Pacific). Juveniles are often washed up on Cape beaches. Its spines are modified scales.


  1. Oh wow, great find. We often see the other type of puffer fish, but haven't seen many of these.

  2. Nature creates the very weird and wonderful. Is this creature poisonous?

  3. I love these 'Washed, cast, -up' posts. Another lovely creature:)