Article Pufferfish, Pufferfish, Pass

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    Flipper is petitioning for legalization of fugu!
     
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    Puffer fish are interesting to catch. They eat your fly and then just... well... puff up. You can just drag them in at that point.
     
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    Then what!?! Is there poison in the spikes?
     
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    I've never attempted to find out. After that article, maybe I will :)
     
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    Actually,yes there is.Stoned dolphins,I wonder if play football any better than the human kind?
     
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    Probably trying this preparation tomorrow for Feast of the Seven Fishes..



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    Stoned dolphins, very interesting. I know that small strips of fugu (the Japanese preparation of pufferfish) are considered a delicacy, in part because of its neurological effects (loss of sensation) if the dosage is low. High doses are deadly and sashimi chefs who are legally allowed to prepare fugu undergo extensive training which culminates in them tasting their own preparation. In pufferfish, the liver and other internal organs have the highest dosages; obviously, there must be some toxin associated with the skin if the dolphins are to experience a response just from chewing on the outside of the body. This is similar to thrill-seeking humans who ingest fugu sashimi.

    The toxin, tetradotoxin, is extremely dangerous, nastier than cyanide. It blocks sodium channels and sodium channels are critical for sending nerve signals along axons and contraction of skeletal muscles. If you ingest (or are injected with or inhale) a lethal dose, death is quick via respiratory failure. The diaphragm, the major muscle responsible for respiration, is paralyzed and one dies of asphyxiation

    Tetratodoxin is found in a wide range of organisms, including pufferfishes (levels vary by species, season, and location), ocean sunfishes, rough-skinned newts [Our local Taricha granulosa secretes tetradotoxin from glands in its skin but common garter snakes have evolved resistance to the toxin], blue-ringed octopi, ribbon worms, and moon snails. None of these species make the tetradotoxin; several genera of bacteria, including Pseudomonas and Vibrio, are responsible for the synthesis. The defended animals either have symbiotic relationships with these bacteria or concentrate it from their environment. The defended animals appear to have evolved resistance, like the garter snakes, to the impacts of the toxin.

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    We also have this saxitoxin in puffers in the next county north.

    http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/puffer-fish-prohibition/

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    Hi MB,
    Yes, saxitoxin acts very similarly and is also synthesized by bacteria, either dinoflagellates or cyanobacteria. As you probably know, production of saxitoxin by dinoflagellates is responsible for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) when they are concentrated in the tissues of filter-feeders by bivalves, like butter clams or razor clams, and these filter-feeders are consumed by predators, like us.
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    Thanks for the extra details on saxitoxin.

    Puffers were caught / gathered. They sleep on the sand at night so we just scooped them up in a net like picking up apples. Made up for the lack of flounder.

    Fried in flour, egg and panko. Phenomenal!

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    Interesting. Many animals have figured out how to get intoxicated and deliberately seek out such opportunities.

    I did not know dolphins knew how to trip on puffer fish!

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