Handfeeding Wild Puffers in Florida

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As I was snorkeling and looking a hermit crabs, I got the feeling that I was being watched. I was right. A group of local puffers surrounded me and demanded that I give up my shrimp. I had no choice but to feed them. These are brackish checkered puffers (Sphoeroides testudineus). They are very common to South Florida estuaries and canals.

 

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Humans will try to pet anything.

Why did you have shrimp with you? Lure out hermit crabs?
 
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Adorable! I love the pattern too, like a fig 8 mixed with a fahaka!
They are better trained than my puffers…who are afraid of the tongs…
 
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