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canarian waters fish puffer

Puffer fish in Canarian waters!

The dangerous oceanic drum returns to Canarian waters.

This invasive species whose consumption can be deadly is very dangerous for the ecosystem due to its high voracity

The oceanic drum is a fish whose consumption can be fatal. It is easily identified by its scaleless skin, except on the belly, where there are small spines imbued in the skin that shows when it is in danger and swells.

The oceanic drum has come to the Canary Islands to invade us and possibly stay in our waters. Its normal habitat is in areas far from the coast as it is a pelagic species.

It is without quantifying the damage it can cause in our marine ecosystem, being very predatory and omnivorous, to which we must add its high speed.

Changes in ecosystems, water temperature or changes in the currents of marine nutrients, have led this species to be present in all maritime areas of our islands and to be in almost all depths from 20 to 600 meters.

The prohibition of its capture and commercialization will not restrict its affection in the rest of the marine species captured by recreational or those marketed by the professional sector.

The Pufferfish (Lagocephalus lagocephalus lagocephalus) is a species of accidental presence in Atlantic waters, which is usually discarded when caught because it lacks utility due to its toxicity.

This species belongs to the Tetraodontidae family to which the well-known Fugu or Japanese puffer fish also belongs, although in Japan it enjoys popularity as a culinary dish, in Spain it is prohibited under European regulations.

Majorero fishermen have known this "tamboril" for years. "We have no evidence that its consumption is dangerous, but more than anything because nobody eats it" confirms a fisherman from the brotherhood of Gran Tarajal, who points out that "they have terrible teeth and eat nylon although they have a lot of thickness with amazing ease. Sometimes you see whole banks at the bow of the boat and it gives respect, it gives the feeling that if you fall you do not get out of there, they look like piranhas, "he says.

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yep they are definitely around, have seen a few off Lobos and to my astonishment I met one in La Concha only a small one and headed outwards!!
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