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Tetrodotoxin: The Paralytic Pufferfish Poison

Take a look at this photo. Who couldn’t love this face? Really, who? Such a cute little fella. And I’m talking about the pufferfish, not the dude with the pipe. 1,004 more words

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Tetrodotoxin: a potent defence for pufferfish... and other organisms

Tetrodotoxin is a lethal pufferfish defence chemical

In Japanese cuisine, the iconic pufferfish Fugu (which refers to several species) is notorious because if improperly prepared its consumption can have fatal consequences. 475 more words


Real Zombie Stories

Nowadays, zombies are everywhere. In the movies we watch. In the stories we read. And even in the songs we listen to. Can anyone forget… 585 more words


Pufferfish (family Tetraodontidae)

Is there any fish more recognizable and awkward looking as the pufferfish? My guess is no. Both when puffed and when in a normal state, the pufferfish just looks silly. 506 more words


I'm Blue for You

Of all the creatures in the oceans, it seems like the “blue” ones are the most threatening in our imaginations.  Blue sharks, for example, spark a bit of fear just by their name.  347 more words


Haitian Zombies and Puffer Fish Poison

Do voodoo priests make “real” zombies using a powder containing tetrodotoxin? The original article I wrote can be found here.

In 1985, ethnobotanist Wade Davis published The Serpent and the Rainbow, a book in which he described his immersion into the world of Haitian culture, voodoo, and specifically the supposed manufacture of “real” zombies. 688 more words

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Japan’s Puffer Fish Capital: Delicious and Deadly

By Kevin Pilley, for CNN

April 4, 2014 — Updated 0529 GMT (1329 HKT)


  • Shimonoseki, Japan’s puffer fish capital, is home to a market specializing in the deadly sea creature…
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