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Pufferfish (sometimes called spiny pufferfish or porcupine-fish) come from warmer ocean waters around the world where they feed mainly on crustaceans and mollusks. They have specialized teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crush the hard shells of their prey. Pufferfish vary in size, the smaller species only growing to 3 inches and the largest reaching over 2 feet. The one in the photo is about the size of a softball.
Pufferfish have three main defense mechanisms. First, they have the ability to inflate their bodies by swallowing water or air, thereby becoming rounder. This increase in size (almost double vertically) reduces the range of potential predators. Second, they have very sharp porcupine-like sharp spines which radiate outwards when the pufferfish inflates. Third, some pufferfish species have a very potent toxin in their internal organs. As a result of these three defenses, pufferfish have few predators.
The Pufferfish colorway is dyed exclusively for us by Dream in Color on their Smooshy yarn base, a fingering weight 100% superwash Merino Wool.
Each skein weighs approximately 4oz and is 450yds
Gauge: 7.5-9 stitches per inch on Us 0-2 needles
Care instructions: Machine wash cold & lay flat to dry or tumble dry low, remove while still damp.
Spun and Hand Dyed in the USA.