The long-spine porcupinefish has dark patches on its sides and back. It has long spines that protrude from all over its body, except for the fins and face.
The unique features of this fish give it protection against predators. When threatened, the long-spine porcupinefish will fill its body with air or water, which makes its body swell like a balloon. This makes it too large to fit into the predator’s mouth. Also when “inflated,” the spines all over its body are fully extended, making it even less of a desirable meal to the predator. Such a defense mechanism requires a flexible stomach, vertebrae, and sides. This structure could not have happened by chance, random processes, but was designed by the Creator.
CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Tetraodontiformes (cowfishes, filefishes, leatherjackets,
puffers, triggerfishes, and trunkfishes)
FAMILY: Diodontidae (burrfishes and porcupinefishes)
GENUS/SPECIES: Diodon holocanthus
Size: Up to 24 in (60 cm)
Diet: Mollusks, crabs, and sea urchins
Habitat: Shallow areas in tropical waters of the world