PHOTO OF THE DAY: Alligator Chomps Down on Pufferfish Snack Near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

By  //  June 16, 2023

It didn't end well for the pufferfish

Alligator Enjoys a Pufferfish Snack Near Kennedy Space Center. (NASA Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center shares their boundaries with the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The facilities co-exist with more than 1,500 different species of plants and wildlife.

There are nearly 5,000 alligators that can be found in canals, ponds, and waterways throughout the center and the surrounding refuge.

Pufferfish can inflate into a ball shape to evade predators. Also known as blowfish, these clumsy swimmers fill their elastic stomachs with huge amounts of water (and sometimes air) and blow themselves up to several times their normal size.

Even if a predator gobbles up a puffer before it inflates, it won’t enjoy the snack. Most pufferfish contain a toxic substance that makes them foul tasting and potentially deadly to other fish. The toxin is deadly to humans. There is enough poison in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.