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Spike Puffer – Caught!

IMG_6900Without any guilt I freely admit I am not a fisherman. This is in contrast to my brother John who was an avid fisherman. He’d buy one new rod every season and catch a fish to initiate it. But…Farid and I were on a dive. I had made him a gift of a dive stick. The instructors use them to point.IMG_6890

Never give a boy a stick he’s gonna want to poke things. Farid! We passed a ledge. The spiked puffer was trapped. We would have otherwise never touched it.IMG_6903

Last week I almost grabbed one but chickened out at the last second. Today I was bold. Those spikes are sharp! So I grabbed the tail. It worked and the puffer puffed. It’s not air, in case you wonder. It is water that fills up from somewhere inside to discourage other fish from making a meal. As soon as it’s puffed it is no longer aerodynamic and it can’t swim away with any speed. So I tried to position it with Farid in the picture but he couldn’t get with the program.IMG_6915

We did release it after I got my shots. And please don’t tell the family I was out annoying the wildlife, please, please.

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